The school has a developmental approach to the introduction of technology, with incremental layers of technology instruction and use increasing as students move through grade levels.
The elementary school discourages the use of electronic devices by students for any reason, instead choosing to center the learning experience on human interaction and hands-on activities. Elementary teachers post announcements and classwork on PowerSchool Learning for parent and guardian use.
With the rapid growth in technology, Waverly is committed to preparing students by first developing their social and emotional skills. Before introducing technology in the classroom, students learn the value of human interaction, reflective thinking, creative input, and making mistakes through:
• Use of the Responsive Classroom approach, and evidence-based approach to teaching and learning. From preschool through 8th grade, students practice the skills of listening, responding, empathizing, and respecting peers and teachers.
• The wellness program, which begins in elementary school and continues through 12th grade and emphasizes social-emotional growth.
• Thematic discussions in each classroom that, starting in preschool, build student abilities to interpret and discuss important questions.
Waverly’s emphasis on communication and problem-solving supports students in responsible use of technology. In middle and high school, students learn how to use technology for classroom projects. Read more about how the middle school and high school use technology.