I'm very proud to be graduating from a school like Wellington this coming June. I have had a fantastic experience in the Upper School, where bullying is not tolerated under any circumstances. Faculty, but most impressively students, in the Upper School are motivated to make the Upper School a cohesively friendly environment. Academically, Wellington does a fantastic job of offering intellectually challenging courses in all of the scholastic fields (humanities, STEM, fine arts, etc). On one hand it's great because I've been able to focus on my academic passions (writing and French). On the other hand it allows students who might not be interested in a certain field to take an interesting course to fulfill a particular credit. For example, I've taken Cryptography and Quantitative Analysis in order to fulfill my math credit this year. The teachers here are passionate about the subjects they teach. Students who value the rewards of hard work and education do really well here. Student academic motivation has been a problem in some cases, but it's not an overall reflection of the student-body. I do believe Wellington has prepared me for my future, and I'm happy it was a great fit.
Wellington has been a wonderful environment for our family. We are heavily involved in the school and are experienced with other independent schools. Wellington is not only an excellent academic institution that prepares each of its students to succeed in college, the curriculum is designed to cultivate creativity and individual talent. Those families who would like for their children to discover their unique potential should explore Wellington. It is a unique offering in Columbus.
All three of my children attended Wellington K-12, and we could not have had a better experience. The innovative curriculum truly prepared my children for TODAYS world, where the demands are not about what you memorize, but how you learn, communicate and collaborate. Wellington provided my children with the confidence to be their best selves, to be curious about the world, with a grounding of solid midwest values. All three have had/are having successful college experiences. All three play/ed college athletics (including Division 1). All three are out in the world engaged in meaningful, global experiences. For the better part of our time at Wellington, I was a single mom. The environment was so incredibly supportive, truly partnering with me to help me raise my kids. I am forever grateful. I am an entrepreneur/business owner for over 30 years; I have worked with many Fortune 500 leaders in my life, and I can honestly say the leadership of this school is top notch. The school continues to get better and better. I hope someday I'll have grandchildren who will have the chance to go to Wellington.
Our daughter attends Wellington, and we are so fortunate to have this school in our community. I also attended Wellington K-12. My experience had an immeasurable impact on my education and life. Wellington is and has always been a wonderful environment for the students to learn, be challenged, build confidence, and build lifelong friendships. The entirety of the experience at Wellington from the excellent academics to the innovative curriculum and community are excellent.
Our family is new to Wellington this year and I cannot say enough good things about the school. A few things that stand out are the small class sizes, the curriculum and the sense of community. When you walk through the halls you see happy, confident students. My son has learned so much in a short amount of time. Highly recommended.
Our son loves Wellington: his classroom and summer options experiences have been wonderful. We initially choose The Wellington school for its promise of an innovative, individualized learning environment. Not only have they lived up to this promise, but we have joined a true community focused on our children's learning. He has been challenged intellectually and creatively by a staff of caring teachers. At four, he talked of being at Wellington until he goes to college. We cannot imagine any other place for him to grow and learn.
We have been at Wellington for six years and our girls absolutely love it. I am amazed by the wonderful teachers, low student/teacher ratio, and the individual instruction they receive. Kids are constantly challenged by the learning in each subject. If they are gifted in math, they have the opportunity to learn from a wonderful extension teacher, but if they need extra help in reading, their classroom teacher/learning guide or the learning specialist provides that instruction. It is worth every penny we pay. I also love the attention to building character and encouragement to try new things. It is by far the best school in central Ohio!
We have a son in first grade, he started with Wellington in Kindergarten. Our primary objectives were to find a school that taught the "whole child" (character development as well as education) and a school that challenges each child to advance to their highest level possible. Those objectives are in Wellington's DNA. There are character development classes starting in Kindergarten where kids discuss and role play different social situations they might encounter. They have an opportunity to think about conflict resolution and what to do not just when you are being bullied but when you see someone else being picked on. The class size is small enough (18 students to 1.5 teachers) that education differentiation is easy to accomodate with breakout groups for kids that are advancing and those that need extra time. Best of all, when he walks down the hallway he's greeted by students of all grades (they have Senior Buddies) and teachers I haven't met before. Students are expected to be kind to each other while becoming the best student they can be. We're very happy with Wellington.
The Wellington School gives my child a higher degree of individualized attention than my local, high performing suburban school district can. You can't argue with student teacher ratios and how they impact learning: My son's class at Wellington is 1:7, our highly rated public school district he would be in a class of 23-24 with one teacher. When you have to teach to pass standardized tests at public schools, I don't believe even with the best teachers and intentions you can focus on the high achieving when you have to ensure everyone passes. Individualized, challenging but innovative curriculum is the difference that Wellington has given my child. He isn't constrained by what his grade is doing- even in lower school. He can take 4th grade math while in his classroom if he is ready for it and wants it, instead of sitting bored during lessons he already mastered. He is challenged to think and create in a way that is creating this innovative little mind. We couldn't be more thrilled with our investment in our biggest asset, our child.
My child has attended Wellington since he was 4 years old and he is now in the 7th grade. He is a kid who doesn't like the spotlight or getting noticed. Wellington is the best thing to happen to him. He has had positive encouragement, works well in groups, presents before his classmates, and has had a wide variety of teachers with different styles so has been exposed to lots of different ways of learning. He knows kids from all over the city. He is called out when he is in the wrong and encouraged when it is needed. Wellington is a great school with a strong academic record filled with adults who care about kids.
The Wellington School is phenomenal because the teachers respect each student's unique learning style. This has made a powerful and positive learning experience for me. I have lots of fun learning at The Wellington School.
As an alum, I can say that Wellington was a remarkable place to grow up. Years later, I'm able to fully admit the impact it had on shaping me as a person - in fact, a stronger impact than even my college years. We were taught to "expect the best" - that was the motto at the time. We were expected to be well-rounded, polite, smart, and push ourselves to try new things: it wasn't odd for athletes to join the school musical or for artists to join sports teams for the first time. But Wellington was also a place where differences were celebrated, intellect was normal - not just 'nerdy,' and the individual was praised for being just that - an individual. I'm so pleased that many of the teachers are raising their children in the school, too. I highly recommend Wellington if you want to help each of your children discover and celebrate what makes them truly special. I know I did - and it has served me well in my personal life and career.
I went to Wellington from 7th grade on. I graduated from Wellington. I received an excellent education (better than my sibling who went to another private school in town). I got into the top liberal arts school in the nation, went to medical school and am now a physician in the community. Our family was not wealthy (like many of the families) so that was sometimes difficult (going to school with kids who were way better off financially), but it was not a big negative, and I would never trade the experience. I can't say anything negative about the school - I had excellent teachers the whole way, people who cared, and all my former classmates have become successful in their fields.
It was disappointing to see that only one teacher showed up in support of former students in the Lawrence dibble voyeurism case. The sense of community and family was absent from the school for those victims. Current and future parents: I would advise you to make sure instructors are qualified and properly certified, as dibble lacked a teaching license and had been fired and lost his license from a previous and similar disgusting act, which no one seemed to detect in their supposed "background check ."
My kids attended the summer camp. Some classes were well-liked, others were a bore. It wasn't worth the prices at all. The after-camp care is sub-par. The "teacher" has the kids on the playground and the only shade provided is over a picnic table. When my kids wanted to sit in the shade, she would tell them to get away. The temperature was 90+. Also, they let in some very strange kids who have serious social issues. We had to address this with the program person several times. Go to Columbus School or St Charles if you want a great private school education. Administrators are also a bit pompous.
We have three children at The Wellington School, two in middle, one in lower school. We have experienced both Wellington and the UA public schools, and are very pleased with our choice to be at Wellington. Our kids experience things they otherwise would not have in a bigger school. We've found the faculty and staff very attentive, and an extremely engaged parent community. As parents, we strongly align with the schools focus on life skills, leadership, independent thinking, and risk taking in a safe environment. We feel at home at Wellington. Our children are thriving.
I've been a Wellington parent for almost six years. After having left for a year to try the local schools, I can honestly say that Wellington challenges and supports our kids like nowhere else. Now in middle school, my somewhat timid oldest daughter has the confidence to perform on stage, join sports teams, and program robots. It's a joy to see her flourish. My independent-minded middle child is thrilled with the additional responsibilities offered in fifth grade. My youngest child is in third grade and has discovered a wonderful connection with his humorous, talented teacher. We love the authentic learning experiences at every level! Especially as compared to our homogenous public school, Wellington's environment is diverse and creative. Our children's classmates are more open-minded and less inclined to use peer pressure. Although not a small commitment, we believe Wellington is the best choice for our family for many years to come.
To everyone saying there is bullying at this school, that is a pure lie. I've been going to this school my entire life, and as a freshman now, there is little to now bullying. At all. Wellington puts a very strong hand against bullying and takes many efforts to remind students of the terrible things bullying can create. I love the teachers and people here with all my heart. I don't think I could've been put into a better environment. The teachers really care about helping students reach their full potential, and the aura of the school itself is very... "homey." I think this school is incredibly fantastic. The heads of each level of school are very good at handling problems and creating a great environment for students to learn. I love it here, and never want to leave.
To the grandparent who posted about her granddaughter coming home crying every day: It's really not worth it to finish out the school year under those circumstances. Just leave now. I am really sorry to hear about your situation and have experienced the same as a Wellington parent. You may want to reach out to St Agatha's to see if they can take your granddaughter now since they do have open enrollment. I don't think your son/daughter will be able to get out of the financial contract with Wellington but given your situation, the circumstances are extreme so maybe they won't have to pay the rest of the tuition. Good luck to you. We are not returning either because the bullying also extends beyond the Board and involves kids with 2-3 siblings and large donation families. Bringing in national experts to talk about bullying doesn't stop it. Expelling problem students stops it. While the Wellington philosophy of inclusiveness, respect, tolerance is wonderful, they really could have a tremendous school if only they would raise the bar for behavior and hold students accountable, regardless of social status or donation history. It's sad because there are otherwise so many positives here.
We have tried to address the bullying going on at Wellington and have been met with stiff resistance because of the politics at this school. Children are not coming first... fear and politics are stopping anyone at this institution from doing anything about it. The Board of Trustees should address the fact that one of their members and his daughter are keeping good people from attending and donating to the school. It's a heart wrenching and ugly scene when no one stands up for children who are being bullied. Shame on you Wellington.
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