Williamsburg Collegiate's educational program is based upon three pillars:
We believe that creativity flourishes within a structured academic environment. Good work cannot occur unless there is a safe and orderly environment in and out of the classroom.
We have high academic and behavioral expectations. High expectations demand significant amounts of extra support before, during, and after school and on Saturdays.
We know that without great teachers, nothing else matters. Teachers must have the time and professional tools and resources to do their jobs effectively.
Core elements of the educational design include:
Focus on Literacy
Many students beginning 5th grade are reading substantially below grade level. If this central issue is not immediately addressed, students will be at a huge disadvantage in all subjects. The ultimate academic success of WCCS students is tied to mastering this fundamental skill. The curriculum is designed to provide explicit instruction in literacy skills and to inculcate the habit of reading through a number of daily required reading activities.
Targeted Curriculum Focusing on Basic Skills
WCCS does not use an off-the-shelf curriculum. The school develops its curriculum directly from the New York State Learning Standards that ensures students master a core set of basic academic skills before they can master higher-level, abstract material.
Make More Time
To ensure that every student masters each and every standard, WCCS provides more time on task. This means a longer school year, a longer school day, mandatory homework help and afterschool tutoring, required four-hour Saturday School for struggling students, and double periods of English and Math daily.
Assess Early and Often to Drive the Instructional Program
WCCS uses internally developed, Interim Assessments to diagnose student needs, measure instructional effectiveness, adjust curricula, and build a culture of continuous reflection and improvement.
Emphasis on College
WCCS begins educating students about the importance of college from day one in 5th grade and continues doing so through college readiness activities throughout middle and high school. The goal is for freshman year of college to become a natural extension of graduating from high school.
Provide Structure and Order
Students need a safe and orderly environment to be productive. WCCS creates a calm, composed, and disciplined environment to maximize the amount of time on-task, including a strictly enforced school dress code, a merit and demerit system that defines clear expectations for and immediate responses to positive and negative behavior, a rubric system that provides constant feedback to classes, and a common Blackboard Configuration consisting of a Do Now, Focus, Agenda, and Homework.
Internet and Computer Use
The Williamsburg Collegiate computer network is provided for students to conduct research, complete assignments, and communicate with others. Access to network services is given to students who agree to act in a considerate and responsible manner. Parent permission is required. Access is a privilege - not a right, and access entails responsibility. Review the Internet and Computer Usage Policy.