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.
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.
The high school has a set of Chromebooks, and many students bring their own laptops or other electronic tools to access the internet for research and to compose assignments for classes. The high school science program applies technological tools such as Vernier LabQuests and other measurement devices to perform hands-on science lessons and activities. Furthermore, teachers communicate assignments to students and their families via PowerSchool Learning.