Gateways and Senior Exhibitions
Gateways and Exhibitions are a hallmark of our Wildwood program. Gateway presentations act as a vehicle for students to demonstrate their readiness to advance to the next phase of their learning; and seniors during their Exhibition, model the skills, thoroughness, and reflective practice that they have developed during their time at Wildwood.
Starting in the 8th grade, all Wildwood students culminate their year with an academic rite of passage called a Gateway, which continues in 10th and in 12th grade (called a Senior Exhibition). In a presentation before peers, teachers, family, and other guests, students tell the story of their journey as lifelong learners by analyzing and reflecting on evidence from the previous years of their education. At the end of their presentation, students answer challenging questions from teachers—essentially defending their thesis.
What students say is as important as how they say it. The Gateway and Exhibition format allows students to customize the story of their defining experiences, their developing Habits of Mind and Heart, and their enduring understandings, all of which have prepared them for the next stage of their learning.
Throughout this intensive process, students develop their presentation, long-term project management, and reflection skills with strategic support from advisors, teachers, and mentors. These are the skills they will carry with them into the next stage of their learning.