If your child is self motivated and has no learning challenges, your child could do very well here. My experience has been a mixed bag--some really good teachers and administrators, and some who seem friendly enough but really have no idea how to identify or help a student when things start going wrong. The teachers and administrators really don't want to talk to the parents. They want the kids to self advocate. Unfortunately, kids don't always know what they need to ask for. Because of this attitude, it can take a long time to find out if things are not going well for a child a school, and even longer to fix the problem (if that is even possible).
(One of the previous reviewers should know better than to write "alot." The correct way is "a lot.") Many thanks to the wonderful English teachers at WHS....and all the others who cared so much about each student. I cannot wait for the new school facilities to open in February. Two of our four children will be there (the other two already graduated.)
I graduated from Wellesley High School. Please do not send your child if there are any learning disabilities, they will not get the services they need. If your child is a main stream student they will be fine.
I went to Wellesley High and when I got to college I discovered I was way ahead of alot of the freshman. Good teachers, small classes, like private school in some ways. A word of advice, I was recommended for many level 2 classes and fought the recommendation on some of them. If your child thinks they can do it, don't let them pass by the level 1, its a better quality, the kids are more motivated, the teachers are better and you can take the AP tests if you want.
Wellesley is an excellent high school, but beware that the academic focus is quite clearly on the humanities. Math and sciences tend to get shunted to the side in favor of history and English.
You can't beat Wellesley High School. Great resources and support. Acceptances to top colleges rival, or exceed, those of private schools in the area. One of the best public high schools in the country.
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