A MESSAGE FROM THE HEAD OF SCHOOL
Welcome, and thank you for your interest in Welsh Hills School!
At the heart of our school’s educational philosophy lies the idea that all children are unique individuals, with the potential to grow to be anything they choose. To reach their full potential, however, students need to be surrounded by a secure, nurturing, and stimulating environment that develops their intellectual, emotional, social, and physical skills. This environment has many components — home, family, friends, and more. Education, however, is a central cornerstone, a way to spark intellectual curiosity, stimulate critical thinking, encourage creativity and risk-taking, instill a life-long passion for learning, and above all else, nurture a child’s innate desire to learn.
Above all else, we at Welsh Hills School embrace the idea that children should be encouraged to explore many different educational paths and embrace many different educational experiences, all with the goal of helping them to unlock and fulfill their human potential.
Welsh Hills School has always been devoted to creating just such an environment. Our teachers are dedicated to the individual, allowing a child’s natural curiosity to direct his/her learning. Our curriculum rejects the “one size fits all model,” and is designed to be challenging and engaging, with an emphasis on critical thinking and creativity, while also serving the differentiated learning needs of its students. Our ethos and atmosphere promote respect for others and for one’s surroundings, and perhaps most importantly, for oneself.
Welsh Hills has a long history of rooting its curriculum in the Montessori tradition. The Montessori philosophy of putting materials, as opposed to worksheets, directly into students’ hands reflects two of our critical beliefs: that children learn best through a “hands-on” approach that emphasizes doing rather than passive listening; and that students will gain long-term benefits from learning independence, developing practical life skills, and accepting personal responsibility. These skills transcend the classroom. Through this approach, our students are exposed to literature, grammar, geography, math, science, and social studies at a much younger age than is typical, and in a rich and meaningful way that is quite different from other schools; they also become more independent thinkers and responsible students, and individuals who are well-prepared to be citizens of the global community.
A school, however, is about more than just its curriculum; it is equally about the atmosphere that exists within it and the people who call it home. Welsh Hills teachers are devoted to nurturing students’ creativity and a love of learning by fostering an atmosphere of openness and intellectual freedom. Our activities emphasize the development of the whole child — social, emotional, and physical, as well as intellectual — and our policies promote the values of curiosity, integrity, and self-confidence. Above all else, we at Welsh Hills School embrace the idea that children should be encouraged to explore many different educational paths and embrace many different educational experiences, all with the goal of helping them to unlock and fulfill their human potential.
Head of School