by Bradley Zweig
Thirteen years ago, my wife and I were trying to decide where to send our first child, who at the time was the grand old age of three. The search was not easy. Both my wife and I were products of public school systems, and that was our preference. Then we found The Waverly School. It seemed like an enriching, academic, well rounded place for a child to learn. But it was a “private school” and that conjured up images in our heads that we didn’t think would vibe with our family. However, the school really did seem like a great place for a young child to learn, so, hesitantly, we gave it a try. My wife and I even made a pact with ourselves that we’d probably only send our child to Waverly until 6th grade. In fact, we were honest with the school and told them we most certainly wouldn’t stay longer than that.
And here we are. My oldest son just started his junior year of high school. Our younger son just started 8th grade. No school is perfect. But I will admit, my skepticism melted away as our children grew and thrived in the Waverly community. One of the most important things Waverly does is instill and encourage a curiosity for learning. Through Waverly’s unique teaching style of progressive education, my boys looked forward to the adventures awaiting them at school each day. And here’s a fun fact…over the last 13 years that my kids have been at Waverly, I can recall only one time one of them did not want to go to school. The reason? My younger son was in first grade and forgot his beloved backpack at home. Devastated, he broke out in tears and refused to walk into school. And there was his teacher, Maria Brown, waiting with a hug. My son decided all was well in the world and skipped into class with her. And I got to work on time. Double bonus.
That anecdote is obviously not a reason to send a kid to Waverly, but it does lead to a big reason we have stayed at Waverly for so long. The teachers. My kids have had the chance to experience some incredibly dynamic, thoughtful, engaging, FUN teachers who have also served as wonderful role models. The teachers really are amazing. Their enthusiasm and approach to academics allowed my boys to engage in the material and enabled them to decide on their own to explore and investigate further. I like that Waverly focuses less on grades, and more on the excitement and curiosity of learning. That curiosity will stay with them for the rest of their lives, and that is invaluable.
So, there you have it. That’s why we have stayed at The Waverly School for over 13 years, and why I will never leave the house without making sure my son has his backpack. Although now I am the one getting upset when I forget my backpack, or car keys, or reading glasses.
Parent of Nolan and Murray