WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2016

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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162 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 6 Saint John students crafting a project learning academics scholarship schoolwork curriculum teachers research Catholic School Renaissance Wellesley's Saint John School Leads New Generation of Faith-Based Education C H E R Y L B A L I A N S C A PA R R O T TA writer education if you didn't attend Catholic school, you might think the only difference between public and Catholic is the religious twist. Not so—there's more to a Catholic-based education than catechism. "We are about edu- cating the whole child—it's not just academic and spiritual, it's also social and emotional awareness," says Judy Lewis, Saint John School's director of marketing and admissions. "We strive to reinforce the values taught at home. We're very purposeful and explicit about teach- ing those values at school—such as how to be inclusive—with specific examples, so children get a concrete idea of what those values mean." With a community of clearly defined, shared values, an eye toward 21st-century skills, and a new principal with a global perspective, Saint John School offers its pupils a challenging cur- riculum reinforced by parental involvement. The Wellesley-based school enjoys an enrollment of just under 200, serving pre-K to grade six students from Wellesley, Weston, Newton, Needham, Lincoln, Sudbury, and Waltham.

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