Gateways and Senior Exhibitions
Student presentations are a hallmark of a Wildwood education and Gateways and Senior Exhibitions are distinguishing programs for the school. Effective communication skills are emphasized beginning in the early elementary grades as students take turns leading the weekly All School Meeting and regularly explain projects and ideas to their teachers, family, and friends.
In middle and upper school, Wildwood students are expected to demonstrate fluency and mastery of their learning by exhibiting a specific body of academic work as they complete each two-year division of study. At the end of the 8th and 10th grades, students are required to prepare for and deliver a Gateway presentation to assembled teachers, family, and peers. In preparation, students are individually coached by advisors in reviewing their academic work portfolio, identifying strengths and stretches, setting goals, and demonstrating readiness to advance to the next grade level. Gateways are a bridge between the work completed in one division and the work that is about to begin in the next.
Seniors are required to present a graduation exhibition. Known as a senior exhibition, the presentations are an oral defense of their academic and personal evolution. Each exhibition is a unique summation of individual inquiry, achievement, and academic and creative expression. Students invite their families and teachers to join them in this very personal affirmation of progress indicating confident college readiness.