Welcome from the Head of School

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Welcome to The Waverly School, home of the Ravens! We are excited to share some impor­tant infor­ma­tion with you about our school. I hope you find our offer­ings compelling and inspir­ing as you iden­tify the next step in your family’s journey. 

A few impor­tant ideas to share about Waverly: 

First, we are a progres­sive school that cares about people. We learn by doing. Our classes empha­size collab­o­ra­tion, discus­sion, and tinker­ing. We ask students to learn about them­selves and to share what they find. We do this through explor­ing our personal and famil­ial iden­ti­ties, reflect­ing on essen­tial ques­tions, and honor­ing the expe­ri­ences of others. 

Second, but not less impor­tant, we strive to be about social justice educa­tion. We want students to develop and under­stand their own personal values, inves­ti­gate their own family’s values, and to have dialogues with their peers about how we can make the world a better place. We empha­size posi­tive, nurtur­ing rela­tion­ships that respect commu­nity members of all ages and back­grounds. We honor differ­ences and teach students to stand for what they believe in. This isn’t always neat or easy, though it prepares students for life beyond the walls of our school. 

We are a small school where students get to know their teach­ers and have a voice in how the school oper­ates. We are commit­ted to helping students enjoy their child­hoods without burying them in home­work or turning their youth into a pre-profes­sional series of tasks and busy work. Through honor­ing the joy of child­hood and devolv­ing programs that prepare students for the chal­lenges of life at and beyond school, we know that every student who becomes a Raven will soar on their own terms and feel comfort­able at any alti­tude, in any winds, and under any circumstances. 

It’s great to meet you and share so much of what makes our school wonderful. 


Clarke Weath­er­spoon
Head of School

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