Winchester Thurston School

Pittsburgh, PA   |  WWW.WINCHESTERTHURSTON.ORG

Mission

Winchester Thurston School actively engages each student in a challenging and inspiring learning process that develops the mind, motivates the passion to achieve and cultivates the character to serve. We activate our Mission by creating a learning environment that promotes and instills appreciation for these five Core Values:

Critical ThinkingIntegrityEmpathyCommunityDiversityCredoThink also of the comfort and the rights of others.MottoCandide Modo Fortiter Re(Gentle in manner, strong in deed)

Ruling year info

1954

Principal Officer

DR SCOTT D FECH PHD

Main address

555 Morewood Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

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EIN

25-1030691

NTEE code info

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Academic Enrichment and Challenge Program

The Academic Enrichment and Challenge Program (AEC) provides
high-ability learners with an appropriate education that meets their learning
needs. By using methods that address individual learning rates and styles
of high-ability learners, we develop a stimulating environment that encourages inquiry, flexibility, and creative thinking.

AEC
students have:

Studied
pre-algebra and algebra in fourth and fifth grade
Taken
mathematics at local universities in Middle School
Participated
in regional and national contests, including WT’s Middle School MATHCOUNTS
team, which has won local and state championships and placed high in national rankings
 

Components
of the AEC Program

Whole-class and small-group activities in the classroom that complement the
existing curricula
Interesting and fun activities—like logic puzzles, critical thinking games, and
academic competitions—that keep students engaged
Pull-out programs in certain subjects (often math and language arts) that
challenge those students performing one or more grade levels beyond their
classmates
A library of extensive resources at each campus that is open to all, and faculty
who work with classroom teachers to provide enrichment for all students
Highly qualified AEC teachers who develop and implement individualized learning
experiences
Thorough and ongoing academic assessments to identify bright students for
enrichment programming
Consistent monitoring of students to ensure that their academic needs continue
to be met
 

On
average, AEC students spend up to 45 minutes per session, several days per
week, with our highly trained and experienced enrichment teachers. Pull-out
enrichment classes are no larger than 10 students, and many have only one or
two students. This allows our teachers to truly individualize and tailor their instruction
to the needs of these high-ability learners.

Population(s) Served

The
Leadership Academy is a comprehensive approach to developing leadership skills, built upon the philosophy that leadership begins with character. At its core are experiential activities that guide Middle
School students to think independently, make smart choices, collaborate, and see themselves as part of a larger world upon which they can
and should strive to have a positive impact.

Components
of the program:

Projects designed to build global or civic
engagement. Students in each grade combine community service, advocacy, and philanthropy in
a year-long project designed to support or advance a specific cause; with guidance from faculty advisors,
students develop the project throughout the year.

Outdoor
education activities focused on team-building, self-reliance, and self-awareness,
challenging  students to push their boundaries,
both physically and mentally. Several times per school year, students travel
off campus with WT faculty members for a day of Leadership Academy outdoor
activities, including ropes courses, kayaking, and hiking.

Leadership
Academy in Action: Year-long Projects

Partnering with Bricks + Books through the
organization's "sister school" program; WT students engage with students at Patandi Primary School in Tanzania.
Researching,
designing, and creating a public Holocaust Museum installation in the WT Art
Gallery, and developing educational programs in concert with the exhibit,
including a student-led symposium on the topic of genocide
 Supporting Lincoln Park Community Food Bank through a year-long relationship and
project, organizing
and running a food drive, and volunteering at the center’s pantry, which distributes food, clothing, and
medical supplies to community residents.
Building
a relationship with and providing educational resources and food for refugee
families from Prospect Park, including inviting the refugees to campus for a
day-long experience with eighth grade students

Population(s) Served

In 2004 and again in 2009, Winchester Thurston was singled out by the
Edward E. Ford Foundation for its groundbreaking City as Our Campus initiative,
which actively engages WT students in the cultural, political,
and economic life of Pittsburgh. Students develop high level critical thinking
and research skills that emphasize content mastery, lifelong learning, 21st
century skills, and entrepreneurshiManchester Craftsmen’s Guild, Carnegie Mellon University, the Carnegie Museum
of Art, the Carnegie Science Center, Fort Pitt Museum, University of Pittsburgh
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Archives of the Industrial Society, Rachel
Carson Institute, and many others.

Many schools offer field trips, but do not provide intensive, ongoing partnerships, anchored
in the best practices of experiential learning. City as Our Campus provides students
with experiences that help them cultivate and master the skills they
will need to be at the forefront of innovation.

Population(s) Served

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Winchester Thurston School

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2013
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Douglas A Campbell

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Term: July 2011 - June 2013

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