WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE TREMONT SCHOOL education "a non-traditional school" left: A student sharing what she has learned about the Middle Ages; experiential, project-based learning environment is a defining characteristic of Tremont School right: An the high school. I definitely feel we are a very important component of the school. I feel like what I have to say is important and valued." For Wilmot, parent enthusiasm like that of Daniels is crucial to the The school, however, is not without its hurdles. One is money. school's success. "Parents are very involved," he explains, pointing to "Funding has been our biggest challenge," says Walker. But, in remark- the role they take in helping to develop and support their child's learn- ing on that challenge, she references David Vaughn's frequent reminder: ing, in setting goals, and in participating in assessments. "Our goal is to "If money is the only thing you have to worry about, you don't have have regular and ongoing communication with parents rather than to any problems." wait for good or bad things to happen." Another hurdle is growth. Physically, St. Demetrius Church does To encourage that involvement, the school actively tries to engage not have the capacity to house a high school as well as a middle school, parents in the school, as well. Recently, it established a Tremont Forum so soon the school will have to identify a new location. And given the for parents as well as a parents group. school's approach to learning is so tightly bound to a small class size, maintaining a small population with a low student-teacher ratio is parents' concerns and being clear about our concerns and expectations We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 "Keeping parents at arm's length is not a solution. Understanding paramount. And yet, small also means less revenue, fewer athletic is our goal. It's just as much a collaborative approach with parents as it teams, less capacity for administrative functions, and fewer extracur- is with students," says Wilmot. ricular opportunities. Wilmot suggests these hurdles are surmount- Parent Beth Doyle Bean agrees. "The school is very committed to parents being involved fully. I am very involved with the planning of 174 able, in part through joining small school networks that can help field teams and share resources.

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