What does growth look like at Whitby?

This question can be answered in many different ways for all our students. While growth can come in many forms, we see it in three distinct areas among our students in all age groups: Confidence, Curiosity and Taking Action. As you consider your gift to Whitby School, please view the examples below to see a Whitby education in action. We thank you in advance for your generosity.

31

graduates in 2019

8:1

student/teacher ratio

17

countries represented

25

languages spoken
possibilities

Confidence

One of the most important early developmental footprints we help mature and cultivate is confidence.
INSPIRING CONFIDENCE

Curiosity

Students retain their creativity and push themselves to excel due to their love of learning and their own natural curiosity.
CURIOUS MINDS AT WORK

Taking Action

Our students come to understand that through their individual actions they can positively impact the lives of others.
HOW WE TAKE ACTION
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Confidence

One of the most important early developmental footprints we help mature and cultivate is confidence and resilience in children. It is key to introduce these two very significant aspects to an individual for them to become a confident adult.

Primary Moving Up

Theater Performances

Field Trips

MMUN

Primary Moving Up Ceremony:

As our students get to the end of their time in Children’s House, they prepare for the Primary Moving Up Ceremony. Like their counterparts in 8th grade, Primary students write their own speeches and confidently present them in front of their parents and peers before passing the Light of Learning to a younger Primary 2 classmate.

Primary Moving Up

Theater Performances

Field Trips

MMUN

Theater Performances:

Whitby’s vibrant Upper School theater challenges students to be risk takers and try something new. Here, all ability levels are welcome, whether students enter the program feeling poised for the spotlight or never imagining they’d ever want to hit the stage. When the stage lights shine, so do our students, who become actors with increased confidence and empathy for the characters they portray.

Primary Moving Up

Theater Performances

Field Trips

MMUN

Field Trips to Mystic Seaport and Ashokan Center:

During the latter years of Lower School, students go on two overnight field trips. Third graders visit the Mystic Seaport in eastern Connecticut, where they learn about maritime life in the 1800s and spend the night aboard a ship. Meanwhile, fourth graders visit the Ashokan Center in Olivebridge, NY for two nights to explore the outdoors and try their hand at different activities like canoeing, archery and blacksmithing. For many students these two trips are their first experiences being away from home without parents.

Primary Moving Up

Theater Performances

Field Trips

MMUN

Montessori Model United Nations:

A unique experience for seventh and eighth graders, the Montessori Model United Nations is an opportunity for these Upper School students to study world issues and interact with peers from around the world. While working to solve global issues, they must work with students they have never met. Additionally, students may also be chosen to speak to the full MMUN general assembly, which is made up of 1,000 people. And for the second year, four 8th grade Kenyan girls from the Kakenya Center of Excellence joined several Whitby students in their committees, which was an enriching experience for all.

Confidence

One of the most important early developmental footprints we help mature and cultivate is confidence.
INSPIRING CONFIDENCE

Curiosity

Students retain their creativity and push themselves to excel due to their love of learning and their own natural curiosity.
CURIOUS MINDS AT WORK

Taking Action

Our students come to understand that through their individual actions they can positively impact the lives of others.
HOW WE TAKE ACTION
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Curiosity

Children who attend Montessori schools learn to value cooperation, stay within the framework of rules and think about how their actions affect others. Students retain their creativity and push themselves to excel due to their love of learning and their own natural curiosity. Above and beyond standard school subjects, Montessori students are taught how to fit a larger worldview into their thinking and encouraged to be curious and creative students.

Chicks Hatching

Ellis Island Simulation

Science Exploration

Street Art

Chicks Hatching:

If you have stepped into the main lobby this past May, you may have noticed a brood of baby chicks by the stairs. While they are certainly photogenic, their main purpose is not for Instagram. Instead, it’s to help our students learn about the life cycle. They study the life cycles of plants and other animals, but the classroom chicks, which reside in an incubator until they hatch, provide a more authentic and hands-on inquiry experience.

Chicks Hatching

Ellis Island Simulation

Science Exploration

Street Art

Ellis Island Simulation:

As part of the third grade migration unit, students are given an immersive learning experience during the Ellis Island Simulation. They step into the shoes of migrants who entered the United States through Ellis Island in the early 1900s. For this exercise, students portray a character and must take on specific attributes, such as health, skill level, family size, and language fluency, thus developing a sense of empathy for others.

Chicks Hatching

Ellis Island Simulation

Science Exploration

Street Art

Science Exploration:

Upper School scientists explored everything from owl pellets to animal bones. They communicated using lights and binary code, performed rat dissections, built boats they tested on the Whitby pond, and also designed bobsleds that were raced down the school’s main staircase. The variation in topics simultaneously provide a deeper understanding and curiosity of the world around us.

Chicks Hatching

Ellis Island Simulation

Science Exploration

Street Art

Street Art:

If you have been to the second floor of the Caedmon building (and you should visit if you haven’t), then chances are you’ve seen our seventh graders’ street art. To gain inspiration, students head to the Bushwick neighborhood in Brooklyn where they see street art created by artists from around the world. They then select different symbols to represent their own message that ultimately gets painted on the upstairs wall.

Confidence

One of the most important early developmental footprints we help mature and cultivate is confidence.
INSPIRING CONFIDENCE

Curiosity

Students retain their creativity and push themselves to excel due to their love of learning and their own natural curiosity.
LEARN ABOUT OUR CURIOSITY

Taking Action

Our students come to understand that through their individual actions they can positively impact the lives of others.
HOW WE TAKE ACTION
BACK
INTRO

Taking Action

An integral part of the Mission of Whitby School is to “motivate our students to confidently take action as contributing members of a diverse global community.” By dedicating time to serving others both inside and outside the Whitby community, students expand their view of themselves and the world, develop empathy, humility and leadership skills, and come to understand that through their individual actions they can positively impact the lives of others.

Clothing Drive

Exhibition

Service Trip

Community Learning

Clothing Drive:

As they enter the holiday season, Primary teachers explain the importance of generosity and giving to others. Around this time, students begin to organize and collect gently used clothes ranging from shirts and sweaters to fleece jackets and heavy winter coats. Primary 3 students then sort through the donations, which are then sent to the Sharing Shelf in Port Chester.

Clothing Drive

Exhibition

Service Trip

Community Learning

Exhibition:

The Primary Years Programme and end of the Lower School culminates with Fourth Grade Exhibition. This capstone project capitalizes on all of a student’s learning thus far on their journey by combining their skills and interests. For this student driven project, fourth graders select their topic, conduct their research, and decide the best way to share their information before presenting to the Whitby community on Exhibition Night.

Clothing Drive

Exhibition

Service Trip

Community Learning

Service Trip to the Dominican Republic:

When the seventh and eighth graders visit the Dominican Republic at the end of the school year, they’re not just going for a visit. In addition to sightseeing and adventure, they are forever changing the lives of the girls at the Mariposa Foundation with various activities such as creating educational materials, conducting different activities, organizing sports, and even helping beautify the organization’s facilities.

Clothing Drive

Exhibition

Service Trip

Community Learning

Community Learning Projects:

Similar to Exhibition in fourth grade, students are tasked with another self-driven project during their final year at Whitby. The eighth grade Community Learning Project is a platform for students to research a topic of their choosing and present it to the Whitby community. When presenting, students are asked to focus on the “so what?,” or why their project is important and their “aha moment,” their learning process and how to use their successes and challenges going forward.

Confidence

One of the most important early developmental footprints we help mature and cultivate is confidence.
INSPIRING CONFIDENCE

Curiosity

Students retain their creativity and push themselves to excel due to their love of learning and their own natural curiosity.
CURIOUS MINDS AT WORK

Taking Action

Our students come to understand that through their individual actions they can positively impact the lives of others.
HOW WE TAKE ACTION