Welcome to Waynflete. Our unique approach to learning combines all the rigor, breadth, and depth of the finest schools in the country with a school culture unmatched in its warmth and sense of community. Your child will emerge from Waynflete with confidence, independence, and a love of learning that will last a lifetime.
At Waynflete, your child will be known. Our student/teacher ratio is among the smallest in the region. This means that your child will have meaningful one-on-one contact with caring educators each and every day. Your child's teachers, advisors, and coaches have the time and passion to get to know each child's strengths and interests.
There is no typical Waynflete student. We are an inclusive school where children of all walks of life learn in an enriched academic environment. There are two common threads we are known for: it's cool to be oneself and work hard at whatever you do. At Waynflete, all students have the opportunity to explore the arts, athletics, and a wide range of extra-curricular activities simply due to our size.
Our program is not dictated by tests. Our teachers are experts at designing classes that both challenge our students and build on their inherent curiosity. Your child will learn to write with clarity and think in complex ways. Your child will be asked to work hard and will discover the confidence that comes from accomplishing difficult assignments. Your child will make mistakes and struggle, and we will be there to lift him or her up. This is how one learns to be a confident, courageous, and independent adult.
We have all the rigor without the bad stress. Our program balances hard work with the joy and thrill that comes from learning something new. Sure, our students memorize facts, dates, spelling words, and multiplication tables - part of learning requires memorization and factual recall. We are not, however, interested in cramming just facts into your child's head. Rather, we challenge our students to think more deeply, write more often, and learn how to present to others and persuade them about what they believe. Our approach focuses on engaging children in the learning process rather than emphasizing rote learning. The outcome is Waynflete graduates who are excited to continue their studies.
Waynflete is not just another school. We deliberately create an environment where children feel safe and supported no matter who they are. We base our culture on an assumption of trust and we believe that each student has the capacity to govern his or her behavior in productive ways. We teach self-governance and independence, two critical life skills, by instilling a sense of belonging and strong sense of community responsibility both on our school grounds and in our community at large.
Since 1898, Waynflete School has been home to families seeking an extraordinary education for their children. Whether you are a prospective parent or student, this website will give you a glimpse into our Waynflete community. It is filled with information, news, photos, and the spirit of our school. I hope you find it useful and that it inspires you to come visit us on Spring Street, in Portland's historic West End.
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