Beyond the Classroom
We provide academic opportunities beyond the walls of our classrooms to challens our exceptional students and to continue to develop emerging scholars. In these co- and extracurricular programs, students develop habits of mind and perspectives that will sustain far beyond their journey through formal education.
Overnight co-curricular field trips begin in the Middle School. These trips are designed to supplement the educational experience by connecting to students’ studies and providing a space for Middle Schoolers to create connections with each other, begin to test their independence and return with new perspectives to share.
SIXTH GRADE: FROST VALLEY
Sixth Grade students have a unique educational experience during the first part of their school year. In the early fall, students and their teachers enjoy a four-day trip to Frost Valley Environmental Camp in upstate New York. They travel to Frost Valley to create a living-learning community that integrates academic experiences with the social development of the community. This experience takes an interdisciplinary approach, using the natural environment as a main theme. Each student participates in outdoor activities such as orienteering, observing the night sky, traversing obstacle courses, learning about sustainability practices, and exploring pond ecology. These activities are coupled with a variety of team-building opportunities providing the foundation for their Middle School years.
SEVENTH GRADE: WILLIAMSBURG
The Williamsburg Trip during the Seventh Grade year allows the students to experience first-hand what life was like for the early colonists of North America. An extension of the Seventh Grade History Curriculum, this trip to Colonial Williamsburg immerses students in the daily life of that era. Students learn about the role of the apprentice in the various trades of the time period. The trip also includes tours of Yorktown and Jamestown. Seventh Graders experience the culture, language, government, food, entertainment through living the period of American History they study in their classrooms.
EIGHTH GRADE: WASHINGTON, D.C.
The Washington, D.C. Trip is traditionally taken during the second half of the Eighth Grade year. Each Spring, the Eighth Graders spend four days in our nation’s capital. The trip integrates material studied in classes across the disciplines. This extension of our curriculum is enriched with guided tours of many museums, monuments, and government buildings in the Capital. Students also have the opportunity to meet with members of Congress on Capitol Hill, attend a special performance at the Kennedy Center, and visit particular sights of interest such as several of the Smithsonian Museums and the Holocaust Memorial Museum.
The Athletic Program at Wardlaw+Hartridge offers a diverse range of opportunities to our students, with 18 different sports offered on the Varsity level, supported by a host of JV and Middle School teams. Our coaches are skilled at preparing their team to succeed, while also introducing some students, new to the sport, to the fundamentals. We are proud of our championship teams, but we are equally proud that a high percentage of W+H students are able to achieve personal bests as Ram athletes.
Our goal for W+H music students is to develop a life-long love of music, encouraging musical enjoyment and participation long after the students leave the school. They broaden their appreciation for the power and importance of music through not only the academic coursework they complete, but also through their participation in authentic performance experiences within a wide-range of musical styles and contexts.
Middle School musicians experience a performance-based curriculum during the school day, designed to enhance music literacy skills while in an ensemble setting. Students focus on developing their performance technique while playing band instruments and singing together. Outside of the Middle School required curriculum, Middle School students have a variety of opportunities to stretch their performance abilities even further through the following:
Middle School Jazz Band
Middle School Musical
Emelyn & Leal Choirs
Creative Movement Dance Class*
Private Music Lesson Program*
*In the Fall of 2017, the W+H Performing Arts Department began a partnership with Rutgers Community Arts, a division of the Mason Gross School of the Arts. We offer private music instruction and a dance class through this partnership, and these classes are taught by the Rugters Community Arts Faculty.
Service Learning is a cornerstone of the Middle School program. It further supports our mission “to prepare students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection” by cultivating a sense of civic engagement and responsibility for one another. The Service Learning Program allows students to engage in active service locally and across the world through myriad activities large and small. A feature of this program is learning about the causes and consequences of actions that precipitate a need. Students learn about food insecurity and the causes of poverty in their work at a nearby food bank; they study ecosystem fragility and restoration as they rehabilitate nature trails and remove invasive plant species from a local preserve. Eighth Graders take their service learning to a large-scale level in an action research project that requires study of philanthropic entrepreneurialism as they form and operate small businesses that raise money for a micro-finance project that provides funding women-owned small businesses in the islands of the South Pacific.