Bullying is running rampart, totally unchecked and the staff refuses to deal with the situation. My granddaughter has been the target of an older child in her class and simply comes home crying every day. She is frightened to go to school....it just so happens that the girl doing the bullying is the daughter of a member of the Board of Trustees. It is a bad situation that needs to addressed. My granddaughter will be going to St Agatha's next year. We have now heard of several other children who have had similar problems in the past and have left the school.
I Have Been going to Wellington since Kindergarten. I have excelled to the fullest. I talk to my other friends who are a grade ahead of me and are taking math classes a grade below me and it just amazes me. I am able to play any sport I want no cuts. And also being able to be a part of some great clubs. Great school really is like a family I could name 95% of the students and teachers in the whole school.
My child came to Wellington from a suburban public school which is supposedly one of the best in the state. Wellington has exceeded our expectations. I can honestly say there is no busywork. The teachers are excellent, caring, and have high expectations. Also, after a year at Wellington, her test scores on the Ohio proficiency test were all advanced.--I cannot say enough about this incredible school.
The Pre-K curriculum is antiquated. They do the same activities year after year. It is truly lacking of any ingenuity, and it is not driven by student interest. The curriculum focuses on the Letter of the Week. Since I have worked in early education, I will tell you this is a dated practice. When our son entered the program, he could identify all of his letters and related sounds, but the Pre-K staff did nothing to foster higher level reading skills such as blending of sounds. Despite Wellington s claims, there is absolutely no differentiated instruction. It is a one-size fits all approach to education. The Pre-K staffs repeatedly assert that much is learned through play. They use this notion to justify the exorbitant amount of free time afforded to the students. By the latter part of the school year, our son s teachers were not busily preparing him for kindergarten. His instruction was limited to basically extended recess and videos.
As a former Wellington student, I often look back and regret attending this school. I'm currently in high school enrolled in one of the best public school systems in the country. However, I struggled through mathematics in my initial high school years. This was due to the lack of preparation on Wellington's part; I had to independently re-learn Algebra and the general math fundamentals. I also currently have a private tutor for English comprehension; again, Wellington's poor preparation. If Wellington costs around 20k to attend, and is known as a "college-prep" school, why in the world was I struggling in my initial high school years? Honestly, If you're looking to enroll your child to this school, think twice, because there's better options, including: Dublin, Bexley, and UA-all three are the best public school systems in Ohio. There are also prestigious boarding/private, including: Phillips Academy, Deerfield, Columbus Academy, and the Columbus School for Girls.
I came to Wellington in the middle of the year in 4th grade and I felt like i had been there since kindergarten. The teachers were all really nice and caring.
Best school in the city.Fabulous, caring teachers, wonderful community feel, great facilities, creating a well rounded child with progressive learning preparing my child to be a risk taker and lifelong learner.
I am surprised to read that a student or two have negative comments regarding the Math and Science. My family has no affiliation with this school. We do have friends (both with PhD in a Math/Science field) who sent their child to Wellington for middle school from one of the top rated public schools in the area. Their reason was the Math/Science program! I agree with the writer who says it sounds like someone has an axe to grind.
I'm a Junior at Wellington (a lifer) and I've experienced nothing but the best from Wellington. The two negative reviews I see here both appear to be from eighth grade students, one who isn't interested in an independent education and the other who just has incorrect information. When I was in 7th grade at Wellington, I took Algebra I and I successfully completed Algebra II in 8th grade. This has all prepared me for the AP BC Calculus class I take today. Wellington offers AP Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP AB and BC Calculus, not to mention the robotics programs offered in all three divisions. While Wellington's arts are second to none, one simply cannot say that we do not value Math and Science. And finally, to comment on the college matriculation results, that too is incorrect. Three of my friends in the Senior class have already been accepted to Cornell and I am already meeting individually with the College Counsellor who is locally acclaimed. Wellington may not have been right for you, but I've enjoyed every minute of the twelve years I've spent here.
Our child started at Wellington in Pre-K several years ago. We have been extremely happy with the school. I was surprised to read some of the negative reviews here and I have to wonder if someone has an axe to grind. Our experience has been that the school is very responsive to the concerns of students and parents. We are not wealthy and live in a working class neighborhood in Columbus, and we have never felt that our child was treated unfairly compared to children from wealthy "big donor" families. Wellington's approach to education is very different from other local schools (public and private) and it's probably not right for every student or every family, but so far it has been right for us. If you are considering Wellington, you will probably be better off actually visiting the school instead of reading anonymous reviews on the internet.
I was a student at wellington for 3 years, and I was very disappointed. The academics are not at all impressive when compared with similar schools such as CSG, The Columbus Academy and the local Upper Arlington school system. Myself included there were 11 students leaving the 8th grade out of a mere 45. There is a massive emphasis on the arts (especially theater), while their theater director was just arrested this year. Students who excel at math and science suffer from the poor education in these departments, and many courses that are available at other schools are not offered so students have to take courses over the summer. Until this year, Algebra 1 was not even an option for the eighth grade while it is at comparable schools. The college matriculation is very poor when compared to The Columbus Academy or CSG.
As a freshman at the Wellington School i found the curriculum very advanced and well taught, socially i feel that when thinking about sending your child to wellington get them in at a young age it is extremely hard to find your place socially, especially your first year
This school was a massive disappointment. I've spent 9 horrible years here, and I can tell you. If you are possibly looking at this school. Forget it. If you are interested in your child getting a complete and full education, you can go to many of the close by high schools for free, and get a better education. Dublin, UA, Bexley, you name it. It's better. I am currently in 8th grade. So far, my friends and I have tallied up 9 people who are leaving this school. That's out of a grade of 45 kids. The administration is horrendous. I've had a different head of my school division every year except for once. Another thing to watch out about this school is the donors; a small group of rich families who donate to the school, and therefore get treated better and have advantages in class.
At Wellington, staffs or teachers should really keep a eye on bullying, and teasing!
Wellington is a great school fo any age. I attended Wellington from Kindergarten to 7th grade. I only left because i had to move. Wellington is so advanced, as am I, It helped me actually learn instead of just re-learning stuff I already Knew. The teachers are the best. If you have a student going into kindergarten, bonnie cole is the best. If you have a student going into 5th grade, Mary Potter is the best teacher in the history of Wellington. If you have a student going into 7th grade, Mike Smith is the man.
I would like to reply to a post on September 9, 2003 that a parent made: It is really wrong to say that Wellington is somehow lacking in the arts. Even though the tiny old BPAC is not the ideal performance space, the theater program has been internationally recognized as one of 17 (I think) high schools in the nation to travel to Scotland to perform at the Fringe Festival. The music programs offer a lot, too. Music is taught comprehensively from an early age. Later in middle and upper school, the music department allows some students to take all three music classes: strings, band, and choir. In high school band, there is a concert and jazz band (although we do not have a marching band). As for extracurricular activities, Wellington excels in this, with a record number of students and area kids participating in the summer options program.
As a junior at the wellington school, i would pick no other place to attend. the teachers and staff along with the students make each day more enjoyable. The activities and community feel that The Wellington School offers is beyond anything other high schools do. I am proud to say that I love my school and am proud to be a Jaguar!
The Wellington School is small enough to adjust their educational approach to best fit the needs of each student, while at the same time providing the population as a whole with a plethora of opportunities. The environment created by the students is one of academic and personal excellence, and it is a drastic contrast from that of other schools that I have attended.
Being involved with TWS for over twenty years has given me a perspective of the school few have. I have seen the school from its infancy, hard times and during its current Capital campaign. During all of this one thing has always held true. The faculty and staff at Wellington cares. I would not send my three children anywhere else. I have read some of the comments from disgruntled parents stating that if you are not a Big Money supporter you do not get things your way. Well I am Not a big money supporter and I am very happy with the school and the education my children are receiving. As for extracurriculars, if a child wants to participate they will have an opportunity. True, the school has gone through administrative issues, what school hasn't? No school, puplic or private, is perfect. Wellington is as close as it gets.
I am the parent of a graduate and a child who attended for nine years. [The Headmaster] was unprofessional and easily swayed by teachers and parents with their own agendas. I loved Wellington-I hope the school returns to it's original self, a school who cared about all children, regardless of their pocket book and personal agendas. It was sad to see the school take such a dive with the current leadership.
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