SWWFS offers a rigorous academic program that integrates art, computer technology, library services, Latin, music, and physical education to educate the whole child. By linking content and skills from various disciplines, students receive a balanced curriculum and possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities to transfer and connect ideas and concepts across disciplines.
All children are artists. The Art Room at SWWFS is a creative environment nurturing every child’s artistic expression.
Instead of learning technology skills in isolation, computers can be found in school’s library space so that students can work on research in the library under the supervision of our full time library aide. In addition, Smartboards a touch sensitive screen connected to a computer, can be found in every classroom. Using the interactive whiteboard, teachers can create lessons, write or draw on it, move images around, show video, do a PowerPoint presentation, or surf the Internet.
Library Media Center
The school library program plays a crucial role in preparing students for informed living in the 21st century. SWWFS’ library program provides learning opportunities in multiple literacies that enable students to become efficient and effective in the pursuit of information. Beyond its curricular role, the school library program gives each student a venue for exploring questions that arise out of individual curiosity and personal interest.
Latin may be considered a dead language but it has tremendous value. Because Latin is taught entirely through its grammatical rules, not through it demotic use, as students learn it, they gain an understanding of the mechanics and structure of language in a way that you cannot get from studying modern languages. Any other language, not just Spanish, Italian, and Portugese, but German, Russian, and Arabic – becomes easier for a child with a grounding in Latin. A student can use Latin to grasp the bones and sinews of any language.
Learning music facilitates learning in math, reading, and language skills, and, involvement in music leads to positive personal, social, and motivational effects. Music is an outlet for self-expression and creativity and fosters team work and critical thinking skills.
Physical Education (P.E.)
Physical Education is an important educational component of all grades. Research has shown a strong correlation between physical activity and improved academic success. Plus, healthy students have fewer school absences, which also contributes to increased academic success.