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.
Wellington is a fabulous school for all ages. I enjoy the education, the environment, and everything else. The school has a lot to offer. There is not a better school in the state of Ohio!
It has a very involed staff and helpful people working there.It is a collage prepitory school
I have three children, one graduated from St Charles, one is currently attending CSG, and I had a daughter that just completed her first-year at Wellington. If you have a boy, send them to SC. If you have a girl, send them to CSG. While I found that most of the faculty are caring, I have not been impressed with the administration at Wellington. Furthermore, SC & CSG have far more resources than Wellington does. Perhaps Wellington will be a great place in about 15 years. Children of parents who donate to Wellington are treated much differently than those that give smaller amounts (or not at all). My daughter is transfering to CSG.
Wellington has been a great experience for my seventh grader. The teachers she had this year were experienced, creative and innovating. They cared also about her emotional and social stability. It has been a very positive experience for her. The music,sports and art programs were excellent. Coaches were positive. However it has been a very difficult and disappointing year for my youngest child. The teacher was very demeaning and condescending. I will rate below my seventh grader's experience. My youngest childs experience, I hope, was unusual for the school.
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