Washington University in St. Louis
In 2007, The Wilson School partnered with the Washington University Writing Center to develop a peer tutoring writing program for our students in junior kindergarten through sixth grade. Each year, graduate students and faculty from the university come to Wilson on a weekly basis to work one-on-one with our students, helping our young writers strengthen and clarify their ideas through the process of revision.
In addition to working with the children, a majority of our teachers have completed a graduate level course designed specifically for The Wilson School. This collaborative workshop, facilitated by the Associate Director of The Writing Center, focuses on the art of one-to-one writing instruction and explores ways of adapting this pedagogical model to the Wilson classrooms.
The Saint Louis Zoo
Our partnership with The Saint Louis Zoo offers many opportunities for our students and their families. Each fall, The Saint Louis Zoo opens only for Wilson families. The members of our community meet animals in the Living World and can hike through the grounds on a guided tour.
During the school year, The Saint Louis Zoo outreach team visits the pre-kindergarten and junior kindergarten classroom. Educators from the Zoo bring live animals for the students to meet and study.
Upper grade students participate in The Saint Louis Zoo Box Turtle Project, helping to improve conservation efforts surrounding the box turtle.
St. Louis Mosaic Project
Doing our part to make St. Louis a more welcoming place for foreign-born families, The Wilson School has signed on to be a St. Louis Mosaic Ambassador school. The St. Louis Mosaic Project invites individuals in the St. Louis region to get involved in growing the region by joining its Ambassador program. Wilson represents the first school to make the commitment on behalf of an organization.
With more than 20% of our student population having at least one foreign-born parent, and more than 20% of our families being multi-lingual, becoming an Ambassador school was a natural way that Wilson could tap into these important regional and national initiatives.
To become an Ambassador school, Wilson has agreed to a series of commitments, including recruiting members of its community to sign on as Mosaic Ambassadors. It also agrees to hold an annual international event and continue spreading the word about the Mosaic Project and its many activities to connect and support foreign-born families coming into the region.
“Wilson’s mission is to prepare students for success in an ever-changing world. Because of this we are very focused on globalism—from the way we support and attract families from abroad, to the training we provide our faculty, to the curriculum in our classrooms,” explains Thad Falkner, head of school. “Getting involved with organizations like these help broaden our reach and even better support our current families and school community.”