All indications are that most of today's high school students will be living and working in a world in which the current minority will be the majority and in which over 50% of the jobs that will be available to them don't currently exist.
As responsible adults, our task is to anticipate the "new world" as best we can in order to properly prepare our children. Effective educators today understand that the effective leaders of tomorrow will be required to embrace diverse perspectives, think critically, and solve problems more than any previous generation.
At Wakefield our students seek this challenge in the Upper School as they are inspired by a diverse canon of great literature, the application of math and computer solutions, hands-on science activities, geopolitics, social science, history, and reflections on diverse philosophies. Learning becomes more individualized as students question, analyze and defend their theories. The Upper School places special emphasis on interdisciplinary writing and communication so that our graduates will express themselves cogently about the subjects on their expanding horizon.
Our senior year culminates not only with the opportunity for independent studies, but with the senior thesis project in which students undertake the task of "creating something that satisfies intellectual curiosity." While some have chosen to express their findings in traditional research papers, others have created documentary films, developed architectural designs and websites, written and staged original plays, assessed the social impact of AIDS in the region, and written a guidebook for parents of children diagnosed with autism.
Most young adults are searching for the opportunity to test themselves and to assume mature, responsible roles. Wakefield's Upper School students are active in their student government, competitive athletics, the arts, the school's award-winning literary magazines, and a wide array of clubs and activities, from the Wakefield Singers to Model United Nations to the Service Club.
As students are encouraged to "seek the challenge," they are supported at every step along the way; each child has several adults on campus that assist him/her in his/her journey. Each student's academic advisor is a teacher who will develop a relationship with him/her from admission through graduation. A school counselor chairs the Student Strengths Committee in support of the student body's ongoing personal growth, and is available for individual or group consultation as well. A learning support specialist is available should academic needs arise, and our college counselor establishes relationships with students in the freshman year so that the college admissions process is a partnership throughout all their years of Upper School.