At Applewild we believe that the ages of four to fifteen are the most important in a child’s education, the foundation upon which all future success is built. We empower students to discover their passion for learning and pursue excellence in academics, arts, and athletics in our supportive environment. The Core Values and Competencies we promote and the relationships we foster among all members of our diverse community prepare our students to be confident learners and engaged citizens.
To provide this academic climate and achieve these goals, we promote the following Core Values as the basis of our relationships with each other as adults and students:
- Respectful To exhibit a courteous regard for oneself, others and property
- Fair To demonstrate impartial and thoughtful behavior and decision-making
- Responsible To be reliable, dependable and accountable in word and deed
- Compassionate To act with kindness, empathy and sympathy
- Cooperative To work together toward common goals
- Honest To be truthful in words and actions
- Civic-Minded To participate actively in promoting the well-being of the community
The magic at Applewild derives from a coherent, intentional plan in which our Core Values are interwoven with our Core Competencies. These strengthen and guide our developmental approach and unite us as a community of learners who are actively involved in and responsible for healthy growth. Students graduate from Applewild as accomplished young people who know how they learn. They are poised to accept the challenge of rigorous academic work and are confident that they can make a difference in the world.
Throughout our Applewild curriculum, therefore, we are teaching our students to
Be Reflective to know oneself and one’s strengths; to decide how to use that knowledge effectively in a learning environment and the world
Think Critically to independently consider, connect, and extend knowledge and understanding; to be open-minded, flexible problem solvers able to distinguish fact from opinion and identify bias
Communicate to express oneself effectively in a variety of modes, listen carefully to others, and be empathetic
Create to cultivate the innate sense of wonder and imagination by doing: design, develop, build, produce, generate, perform
Persevere to continue pursuits of value even in the face of adversity, and to know when to ask for help
Collaborate to participate actively, to share responsibility, and celebrate group accomplishments
There are certain principles that guide the implementation of our mission:
- We believe that a diverse community enhances and enriches our educational experience. We strive to create an inclusive culture of mutual responsibility where all people are valued and respected. Our goal is to recognize and acknowledge our shared humanity while understanding and respecting differences as we learn, live and grow together.
- We offer a formal program for English Language Learners (ELL) and encourage a global perspective throughout our program.
- Applewild prepares bright, motivated students for success in secondary school and in life. Because of our size, our commitment to know each child well, our years of experience, and our breadth and depth of program, we are ideally suited to challenge a range of capable, creative students, including those ready to move quickly through our curriculum and those who require support.
- Our teachers are our greatest resource. They convey skills, knowledge, and values; and they encourage our students’ own exploration of ideas and understanding.
- The tone of Applewild School, the values we promote, and the positive relationships between students and the teachers who know them well profoundly influence the academic climate and set the stage for all that we teach and learn.
- The students, parents, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and trustees make up the Applewild School community. In order for us to carry out our mission, a strong partnership is essential.
- Assisting students and their families in the selection of their future school is an important extension of the school’s program. The faculty and administration’s knowledge of each student and our familiarity with secondary schools inform our suggestions about “best match.”
- Our curriculum is based on the inherent worth of a liberal arts education, an understanding of child and adolescent development, and an appreciation of the skills that will be required by students maturing in the global community of the 21st century.
- Our classrooms foster intellectual curiosity by encouraging students to take risks and discover new interests.
- Our curriculum is organized along departmental lines. At the same time, we recognize that learning and knowledge transcend any one discipline, and we integrate learning among disciplines whenever appropriate.
- A balance between content and process within a particular discipline is essential. Focusing on Core Competencies, our teachers encourage the integration of skills and knowledge.
- Technology is integrated into our curriculum at all levels as a vital part of the learning process. In addition to efficiently finding and using digital information, our students design, engage and problem solve using technology both individually and collaboratively.