Watkinson’s vibrant community is founded on a commitment to respecting both individuality and diversity of all kinds. In service of this ideal, Watkinson teachers have developed a series of Rites of Passage—experiences that all students within a given grade level share, many of which include an element of public display, presentation, or performance. Thus, over their years at Watkinson, all students know that “Shakespeare Monologues” mean a great deal to kids finishing their middle school experience; they look forward to this year’s “Civil Rights Day” (what will Mr. Sailor come up with next?); and they have first-hand understanding of the challenges leading up to the 11th grade monologuse. The following Rites of Passage have become shared excitement, nervousness, support, and understanding between all of the kids—one more way that Watkinson helps them to truly know and appreciate themselves and each other.
Read on to learn about and experience more of Watkinson’s Rites of Passage—each of which is a direct extension of Watkinson's mission to "help students shape their lives and the world around them."