Cross-curricular programs are the norm Kindergarten through grade 8.
Foreign Language instruction begins in Kindergarten. French is studied and experienced by students in K-grade 5. Sixth graders take a Latin based language arts class and students in grades seven and eight choose Latin or Spanish, completing high school level one by graduation. Many of our students regularly receive honors in the National Latin Exam as well as the Johns Hopkins CTY Test.
Lab-based science programs, in grades one through 8, provide an active, inquiry-based approach to science and outstanding preparation for secondary school work. All classes take place in the four science labs on campus taught by science teacher specialists.
French Club and S’more Math, both after school programs, provide enrichment and fun for participants.
Two computer labs, in addition to an ample supply of laptop computers in a wireless, networked campus provide strong computing resources to our students. Applewild is recognized as a “Common Sense School” by Common Sense Media, a national nonprofit organization. The designation recognizes Applewild for educating its K-8 students to be safe, smart, and ethical digital citizens. Activboards enhance the technological capabilities in our classrooms.
Every year, our Upper School students earn first or second place in many of the categories at Massachusetts History Day, qualifying for the state and national competitions.
The two libraries at Applewild house more than 20,000 books and periodicals, plus thousands more resources that are accessible both at school and at home through subscription databases. Students have access to items through the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System via interlibrary loan. Our librarian hosts a technology blog for teachers called firstname.lastname@example.org.
The arts – instrumental, choral, visual and performing – are a daily part of life for our students.
Instrumental music is introduced to all students in the fourth grade with a performing recorder band. All fifth graders select a musical instrument and have small-group lessons and band rehearsal every week. Instrumental music is a continuing option through 8th grade. There are many opportunities to participate in a variety of musical ensembles and bands. The Upper School Jazz Band has won three gold medals and a silver medal in its last four appearances at the Central District Jazz Festival hosted by the International Association for Jazz Educators.
All students in Kindergarten through grade five sing in choruses and perform in plays. Third graders are the lead actors in a musical production, with the younger students comprising the chorus. Grades four and five perform a radio play before a live audience. Upper School sixth graders perform a Shakespeare- themed play annually and 7th and 8th graders perform an annual play. All works are performed in our state-of-the-art 400 seat Alumni Performing Arts Center.
Applewild is proud to have its own arts foundation. The Marshall Fund for the Arts supports on-campus events as well as an annual artist-in-residence program. Most recent residencies have included Balinese dance, ceramic murals, weaving and African dance.
Outstanding student art is proudly displayed in our lobbies and corridors. Sixth grade students participate annually in a juried art exhibit at the Fitchburg Art Museum. In Upper School, art mentor programs allow students to work on their talents for up to four hours a week in addition to the regular curricular opportunities.
All students K-8 learn woodworking in one of two wood shops. Upper School student-made furniture pieces have won awards at competitions.
Our 26 acre campus is home to three playing fields and two gymnasiums. All lower school students participate in a physical education program. Students in 4th and 5th grades also participate in intramural sports. Interscholastic sports, with an emphasis on both skill and sportsmanship, are practiced in grades 6-8. Interscholastic sports include soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, basketball and cross country.
All students participate in recess daily, including sledding in winter, on three campus playgrounds.
Our faculty includes both a substantial number of Applewild School veterans and new members. We have an involved and supportive Parent Association and Board of Trustees.
The campus abuts hundreds of acres of Audubon and North County Land Trust conservation lands. The many trails provide an outdoor science lab for environmental studies and nature walks. We tend a sizeable vegetable garden which is used by the science department for curricular purposes and is harvested for use at our family-style lunches.
Beginning in Kindergarten, we introduce a community service program which encourages volunteerism, civic-mindedness and helps develop leadership. Examples of our students’ efforts include raising money for UNICEF, Oxfam and Operation Smile; participation in civic clean-up days; building local garden spaces; donating non-perishable food to local food banks; and direct work with Head Start, Gables, and Arc.
Our graduates study at a variety of secondary schools. Our alumni excel in such areas as French, Latin, science, community service, photography, poetry, athletics, instrumental, choral and performing arts.
We host a Summer Camp for ages 3 through grade 10 with a variety of programs.
After-school care is available for families of children in all grades.
Also on campus is Applewild Preschool, offering year-round child care and preschool for ages 3 and 4.