Message from the Superintendent
Westerly Public Schools is a progressive school system educating 3700+ students in grades K-12. Our school system has a rich tradition of excellence including a rigorous academic curriculum and a comprehensive arts, music and sports program. Starting in September 2004, Westerly Public Schools will be participating in the Rhode Island Scholars Program, a rigorous math, science and foreign language course of study for entering high school students. In addition, we are very proud of our inclusive programs for children with special learning needs, our small class sizes at the elementary level, full day kindergarten program for all children, and excellent vocational and technology offerings. Westerly Public Schools also offers an exciting and comprehensive adult education program and an extensive professional development program for all staff. Westerly Public Schools assessment results continue to exceed the State in language arts, math and writing.
We are very fortunate to have a supportive community. The $40,000,000.00 building project is progressing and projected to be completed on time. The new state of the art middle school will open in September of 2005 and the first phase of the high school campus will be completed during the fall of 2004. Our new high school track facility is expected to be finished by October of 2004.
Westerly Public Schools is on a journey towards academic excellence, and the ultimate goal of all children learning at high levels. As we move along this journey; we create a legacy of excellence. It is seen in the daily interaction with our students and employees. It is the individual success generated by people who care about the dignity of each child and each other. It is found in the success of the building of character and hope. And foremost, it is found when our young people learn. Learning is the heart and soul of what we do. Learning breaks down the barriers of apathy, fear, and stagnation and builds innovation, empathy and security. Learning provides hope for the future, teaching us that new ideas solve problems, that hard work achieves results, and that change is safe.
This journey to create the organization where all children learn at high levels is in itself a learning experience for all of us. Education is impacted by the limits of fiscal resources, time and belief, but learning has no limits. Organizations and people in those organizations who understand the concept of unlimited opportunity are ones who seize the day. This is what makes Westerly Public Schools one of the best; it is that vision and strength to follow that vision where learning has no limits and academic excellence is measured one child at a time.
In our pursuit for continuous improvement we face many challenges, but behind each challenge is an opportunity. We are very fortunate in Westerly to have a community that supports public education and a staff that is committed to the highest levels of professionalism and excellence for all children. Westerly Public Schools is an exciting place and the best is yet to come.
The VISION of the Westerly Schools
Our Vision… A place where learning has no limits and academic excellence is measured one child at a time.
1) Learning is the heart and soul of what we do.
2) All children are unique individuals with special gifts and talents.
3) Teaching is hard work in an organization where all children are expected to learn at high levels.
4) All people in the organization, both children and adults, are valued and respected.
5) Risk taking, problem solving, teamwork, creativity and a sense of humor are traits we embrace.
6) The community is our “customer” and ideas and opinions are listened to and acted upon.
Westerly Public School District is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 7
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