Head of the Hamilton School at Wheeler
Polaris is the name of the North Star, a tool for navigation and a symbol of finding direction. During what could be a turbulent time on your educational path, Polaris offers guidance as an academic support program for bright, qualified high school students with learning differences.
Polaris offers guidance as an academic support program for bright, qualified high school students with learning differences who are from public, private and parochial schools and who have been accepted to the Wheeler Upper School. The first cohort of accepted 9th-grade students began classes in Fall 2020.
Accepting Applications for September 2022
For information contact Anna DiStefano today
Polaris requires students to be self-advocates. You are not going to be rid of your challenges with executive functioning, dyslexia, ADHD, etc. You will become more skilled at seeking help and guidance for yourself so that you may more successfully overcome those challenges.
Polaris is integrated into the Upper School, giving students the benefits of being a member of the entire Wheeler Community. Students have the opportunity to be active, engaged members of the school community. Time and space to focus on their passions with the opportunity to seriously drill down in skill areas and academic challenges.
There are rich opportunities available with the co-curriculars offered in the Upper School and within our Aerie enrichment program. A class of 90+ students means a diverse makeup of your class. Opportunities to connect with others with whom you have common interests. Although, with a small instructional group of 7-9 students, your academic experiences will always allow for immediate, individualized support.
In other school settings, students may be pulled out of the classes to work more on specific skills at the risk of missing classes they are most passionate about (ie art, music, theater). Within Polaris, teaching skills are integrated into the regular, daily program. Skills aren’t taught in isolation, but rather are embedded in the classroom experience. We have found that as students strengthen their cognitive skills their talents and passions become more apparent. At Wheeler, they can pursue these passions that may, in fact, guide their lives going forward.
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