Health and Well-Being

Waynflete is committed to the “the healthy development of the whole person: body, mind and spirit.” We believe mental and emotional health and wellness form the foundation of a student’s ability to reach his or her highest potential academically and personally.

The Upper School aspires to deliver the strongest health and wellness program possible recognizing the central role of health and wellness in fulfilling all aspects of our school mission. We want our graduates to become resilient, knowledgeable, competent and caring citizens in the world who are ready to thrive and to contribute to healthy communities their whole lives.

Navigating the Upper School
The academic year begins with Outdoor Experience, a program that builds community, fosters a sense of belonging, and facilitates the development of friendships before classes start. Students spend their first four days of Upper School in small groups forming bonds that serve them well in the years ahead. In a wilderness or service setting, faculty members help students discover new aspects of themselves and others. Students discover their leadership potential, take charge of their own learning, and set goals for their academics and cocurricular activities. Whether taking in a pristine summit view on Maine conservation lands or discussing objectives in a complex urban setting, students discover what it means to be part of the Waynflete community.

The school’s Ninth Grade Seminar program builds on the relationships that begin to form during Outdoor Experience and sets the stage for student-centered learning in Upper School. Topics include weekly check-ins, goal-setting for academic and personal well-being, time management, understanding diversity, overcoming stereotypes, and communicating with integrity. Discussions include learning about mindfulness and stress reduction , sleep and nutrition, healthy relationships, sexuality, mental health, and preventing substance abuse. 

In Grades 10-12, student groups meet monthly in small dialogue groups for continued contact with Outdoor Experience trip leaders. These meetings support critical social-emotional learning, personal decision-making, and healthy life choices. Groups discuss how to stay accountable to their own goals, make constructive choices, and support each other.

Upper School Advising Program
Advisors are the primary guides for students as they navigate the curriculum, cocurricular offerings, and their personal lives. Students begin each school day by checking in with their advisors and join their advising groups for lunch, discussion, and activities once a week. Time is set aside during the year for students to meet individually with their advisors to measure progress, consider course selections for the following year, and explore new interests. These conversations eventually lead to the college process that starts with informational programs in sophomore year and begins in earnest during spring semester of junior year. 

Community Service
Waynflete is committed to engaging students in programs that address the needs of the wider community. Students are introduced to local community service opportunities through projects undertaken by advising groups each year. Juniors and seniors must fulfill an additional individual community service requirement each year. Many of the cocurricular activity offerings in Upper School focus on community service. 

Cocurricular Activities
Upper School students choose from a range of cocurricular activities in addition to their academic classes. Faculty advisors help students explore new areas of interest, exercise leadership, and engage with multiage peer groups that share similar interests.