Thad Falkner, head of school
What sets The Wilson School apart?
Any great school makes sure that what students experience is as best as can be imagined. The most powerful experience for students comes from teachers. We have an unusual commitment to professional development through time and resources. We outpace the average expenditures recommended by the National Association of Independent Schools by at least two to three times every year. That is partially spent on sending teachers to conferences and seminars, but also by having our teachers spend time in schools of best practice. We invest in our teachers, and see the outcome of that investment in our students.
What’s your favorite Wilson tradition?
Every day is great at Wilson, but graduation really comes to mind. It shows students who have experienced a Wilson education and the families we’ve partnered with. Our students each deliver a graduation speech, and we see how they have worked with teachers, crafting his or her voice. The significance of their experience with teachers, friends and the life of the school is always unique and touching. We also see how poised they are, as well as their appreciation for the teachers and parents for helping them. Their gratitude shows a higher level of maturity and attitude. They are prepared for secondary school and are looking forward to that; but selfishly, I like that they are going to miss us, too.
What would people be surprised to learn about Wilson?
Our international population is very robust; about 25 percent of our families have at least one parent born outside of the U.S. We represent a population that reaches 23 countries and counting. We might be a small school, but everything we do is through a world view.
To prepare students for success in an ever-changing world, our exceptional educators combine classic and innovative methods within a warm, nurturing environment.