Q. Where will the school be located?
A. The Wilson-Kindelan School is conveniently located at 158 Blue Hills Parkway in the Parkway United Methodist Church in Milton, Massachusetts. It is within three blocks of the subway and major bus routes.
Q. What is the campus like?
A. The five acre campus includes a beautiful five classroom building with a large multi-purpose space and a children's chapel. Outside there is a dedicated playground and an expansive lawn to plant gardens and play games.
Q. What grades will the school begin with?
A. The school will begin with a cohort of students from the lower grades. Each subsequent year, students will be admitted to the lower grades, and to upper grades on an as-needed basis to maintain school enrollment population with a maximum of 12 students per grade.
Q. How will potential students be identified?
A. Students are recruited from local preschool, Head Start and elementary schools. Students are interviewed and assessed to assure a "best fit" with all members of the school community.
Q. What is the tuition?
A. Tuition for the 2017-18 school year has been set at $12,900 with most students receiving some type of scholarship.
Q. Are there scholarships available?
A. Yes. Scholarships are available, and no student who meets academic and cohort criteria will be turned away due to financial hardship. All families are encouraged to fill out a financial form upon acceptance to determine scholarship availability.
Q. What about after school activities?
A. We envision a flexible after school enrichment program, based on family and student interest that may include coding, tutoring, chess, and/or a Robotics team. After school will run from 2:30 until 5:30pm.
Q. What about early drop off?
A. Early drop off is available between 7 and 8:30am.
Q. What academics will be offered?
A. The Wilson-Kindelan School prides itself on using the most rigorous, best researched curriculum available. We use "Open Court 2016", the newest iteration of the world renowned Open Court Reading & Language Arts program; "Engineering is Elementary" STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, developed at the Museum of Science, Boston; and "Everyday Mathematics" from the University of Chicago.
Q. Who will teach?
A. At the Wilson-Kindelan School students' learning is our primary focus. With this in mind we search for highly qualified Master Teachers and Teaching Fellows. We open doors in September 2017 with a K-1 Master Teacher and a K-1 Teaching Fellow, working together in flexible groupings. A Suzuki Music Fellow, a Visual Arts Fellow, and a Physical Education Fellow complete the faculty for the 2017-2018 school year.
Each year another Master Teacher will be added to the faculty, and every other year an additional Teaching Fellow will be added. Additional administrative staff will be added as needed.
Q. You talk about "Aesthetics", what is that?
A. Aesthetics is Wilson-Kindelan lingo for the entire scope of the arts. We envision a whole school chorus and violin ensemble, as well as instruction to all students in voice and violin, utilizing the Suzuki method of instruction within the context of the El Sistema model of family and community participation. Visual Arts will be taught by our Visual Arts Fellow, and Drama will be explored through academics and the arts.
Q. You also talk about "Physiologics", what is that?
A. Physiologics refers to kinesthetic movement, healthy habits, and medical and dental fitness. The Wilson-Kindelan School achieves these virtues by having students engage in exercise, a daily yoga and meditation practice, health lessons and yearly vision, hearing, orthopedic and dental screenings provided, free of cost, for the school. Physical education classes will be taught by our Physical Education Fellow who is also a Certified Physical Trainer.
Q. What is the mission of the Wilson-Kindelan School?
A. The Wilson-Kindelan School provides a college-focused, independent, elementary education using the Wilson-Kindelan Method. We are dedicated to expanding educational opportunities to students living in the Greater Boston area.
Q. Who started the school?
A. In December 2014 Veronica Guerrero-Macia gathered a small group of parents, business leaders and educators to propose opening a independent elementary school serving a diverse student body focused on high individual attainment using a holistic, individualized teaching method developed by Guerrero-Macia.
Q. How is the school funded?
A. The school was established through a generous anonymous endowment in December 2014, and received 501(c)3 non-profit status from the IRS in July 2015. The School is funded through a combination of grants, individual donations, fellowships, and tuition. The school actively seeks fellowships, grants and individual donations as well. All donations are greatly appreciated! The "Contact Us" button leads to a convenient link for on-line donations.