Dear Current and Future Wooster School Families,
Wooster is not unusual among its peers in boasting a strong college preparatory program that develops, in each student, the ability to find academic success beyond his or her high school years. Wooster is unique because of the intentional student leadership training, the culture of kindness, the sense of community, and the strong student voice.
Academic success and personal growth depend upon the trust founded on mutual responsibility among students, faculty, administration, and the larger community. The culture of Wooster focuses on teaching students responsibility for themselves in several ways:
• Academics- each student takes responsibility for his or her learning. We look to challenge and inspire each student to find and pursue an academic passion.
• Afternoon activities- we ask all of our students to get involved in school life outside of the classroom. These are required activities in areas such as art, drama, and athletics.
• Self-help- one of the core founding principles of the school inspires us to look beyond ourselves. We inspire the future of Wooster School through our daily deeds as well as our creative and thoughtful ideas.
• Honor Code- the backbone of this community.
• Prefect System- seniors play a vital role in helping students meet the expectations of the community.
• Volunteer work- each student is expected to perform 25 hours of service for each year they are enrolled in the Upper School.
• Citizenship program- eight times per year students are given a citizenship rating by their peers.
• Reflection- each week at a multi-faith Chapel service we ask ourselves if we are living up to the words in the Wooster school prayer- gentle, generous, truthful, kind, and brave.
As you navigate our website, you will find myriad programs and activities designed to honor the core values of the school while challenging and supporting the aspirations of all Wooster students. Our curriculum teaches students to think critically and creatively. Students learn to listen to divergent opinions, to question assumptions and the validity of their sources, and to collaborate. Our faculty encourages each student to reflect, pursue a passion, and to become a citizen of the world.
This mix of intellectual and social learning develops good people, life-long learners, and good citizens. As they leave Wooster School, our students carry its values with them. A Wooster graduate enters the world with intellectual curiosity, humor, strength, and grace.
To our current Wooster families- thank you for entering into this partnership and allowing us to inspire your sons and daughters. To our future Wooster families- we welcome the opportunity to help write the next chapter in the growth of your child.
David R. Newman
Head of Upper School
david [dot] newman [at] woosterschool [dot] org