Student Leadership and Clubs
High school students serve their community and learn leadership skills by joining the Ravens. Ravens help conduct admissions tours, sponsor prospective student events and visits, host the annual Red Cross blood drive, organize fund-raising events, lead assemblies, and run the spring prom (open to all high school students). Student interest also determines extracurricular clubs (past clubs have included a ukelele club, an animé fan club, a Jewish Student Union, a gay-straight alliance, and an environmental activists club).
Service to the greater community is one of the basic commitments upon which The Waverly School was founded. We use the term “service learning” rather “community service” because we strive to create curriculum that inspires involvement and action locally and globally. We encourage and support students to do their service learning in areas that reflect their passions. Some of the service is organized during school hours; additionally, the assistant head of school will make periodic announcements about service opportunities. High school students are required to participate in a total of 60 hours prior to graduation.
Advanced Placement Classes
Several courses, particularly in the humanities and sciences, can be taken for Advanced Placement (AP) credit. The requirements for AP include an increased and more difficult reading load, additional meeting time with the teacher, and a commitment to intense independent study. Some AP courses require a supplementary summer session for an additional fee. All students enrolled in an AP class must take the AP exam in order to receive AP credit on their transcripts.
Conferences + Study Block
At the high school, two 30-minute conference blocks offer students time to meet one-on-one with teachers. This time is used to discuss areas for growth as well as areas of success. In addition, high school students have a daily study block built into their schedule. Students are encouraged to do homework during this time, in part to limit how much time is spent on homework at home.
Waverly’s physical education program aims to build lifelong, healthy exercise habits. All students in the 9th and 10th grades are required to complete physical education units. Given the varying needs of the community, Waverly offers multiple options for fulfilling the physical education requirement. Students can earn a physical education credit for a given school year in the following ways:
• Participation on a school team for one season.
• Participation in two seasons of CrossFit at a local gym.
• Participation in a full year of Waverly’s Bollywood Dance Club.
• Consistent, documented participation in a club sport or class outside of school.
High school students participate in the International League, affiliated with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) in girls’ and boys’ basketball and volleyball. Student interests determines club sports each year. In the past, Waverly students have enjoyed soccer, golf, tennis, hiking, cross-country, camping, pool (billiards), Ultimate Frisbee, Bollywood dance, and cheerleading. Read more about athletics.
Outdoor Education + Field Trips
Outdoor education excursions typically occur in the spring. Options have included rock climbing in Joshua Tree, exploring music and the recording industry in Nashville, and staying in Los Angeles to produce a music video. Every other academic year, juniors and seniors have a chance to go to Costa Rica to live with local families, shoot whitewater rapids on a raft trip, and contribute to the local area by helping with a community service project.
Day-long field trips include visiting the Getty Villa or the Norton Simon Museum, exploring Little India in Artesia with the Bollywood Dance Club, reinforcing physics concepts at Six Flags Magic Mountain, and seeing local cultural exhibits or performances that fit in with the curriculum.
Trips are designed to accomplish many objectives:
- For students to enjoy and learn about the world around them
- To challenge themselves individually and as a team
- To bring students and faculty together away from the pressures of school.
Unless a student cannot attend for a medical reason, all students are expected to participate.
At Waverly, wellness is an age-appropriate, positive approach that emphasizes the whole person, with a focus on students’ physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development. Through the lens of identity and multiculturalism, students learn developmentally appropriate skills and discuss a wide range of topics in a four-year scaffolded wellness curriculum.
Ninth Grade Wellness: Who am I? As an introduction to high school, freshmen wellness focuses on basic health issues related to teen life. Students discuss topics related to community, identity, sexuality and self-care, as well as life skill topics that prepare students to develop the study and organizational skills needed to be successful in high school.
Tenth Grade Wellness: What does it mean to be part of a community? The 10th grade class introduces students to service participation at the high school level. Students learn about community needs and opportunities and discuss current topics relating to social justice. Tenth grade students complete 10 hours of service outside of class time towards their graduation requirement and create a presentation about their project that they share with the class.
Eleventh Grade Wellness: What do I believe? The This I Believe class is intended to develop mindfulness, self-awareness, and leadership skills. Students practice public speaking, delegation, decision-making, and organization. Students compose a This I Believe essay and read it aloud for an audience of family, peers, and faculty. A significant portion of the second semester is also spent in personalized counseling with the college counselor.
Twelfth Grade Wellness: Who do I want to be in the world? The 12th grade class continues the college search and begins the transition from high school to college. The first semester focuses on the application process. In the second semester, students read about and discuss topics related to preparing for college life, and they work on an independent senior project. In the week following the AP exams in May, seniors take their final exams and then have approximately two weeks to complete their senior projects, presenting them to the Waverly community in June.