Welcome to Westfield
Hello and Welcome to the 2017-2018 Westfield Academy of Debate, Model United Nations and Leadership Program!
For those of you who are visiting us for the first time, we are so glad that you are interested in learning more about our unique and special academic community and the programs we offer. For those who are returning, welcome back! We hope everyone has had a wonderful summer and is ready to jump into an exciting fall of debate and Model United Nations.
Westfield Academy is a community school offering debate, Model United Nations (MUN), and leadership classes during the academic year and four one-week sessions of summer camp in June and July. Westfield's mission is to help each of our students to Find Their Voice. We are extremely proud: not only of our extensive success in regional, national, and international debate tournaments and MUN conferences - last year, for example, we became the #1 International Public Policy team in the world!! - but most importantly in our work to empower our students as self-advocates and agents of change in the world. More than just a school, we are also a community of over 125 students between the ages of 8 and 18, meeting weekly during the year to debate and/or participate in Model United Nations and our Annex classes. Westfield students also have the opportunity, if they choose, to compete in a wide variety of debate tournaments and MUN conferences. Our students hail from all over the state and even from neighboring states and from a variety of educational backgrounds. We are proud of our thriving, diverse community where all children are welcome. We believe that teaching students to respectfully listen to people, even those with whom they disagree, and to calmly and articulately express their opinions is the way to begin to change the world. Now more than ever, this is critically important. No matter where you are on the political spectrum - and our community welcomes and includes people of every political persuasion - we must begin to listen to each other. We believe the best way forward is to help our children develop the tools they need to be able to respectfully express their beliefs. Westfield is firmly committed to making its programs available to all interested students through our partnership with the Legacy Foundation of Hartford and other outreach in underserved communities. Our community is strengthened and enriched beyond measure by our diversity.
We are excited to announce that middle schoolers and high schoolers will once again have the opportunity to take a full day of high-level academic classes on Thursdays! Parents can drop students off in the morning for a day of exciting and challenging programming, including a lunch break and time to play outside between classes. If a child is taking a full day of classes, parents are welcome to drop their children off for the day. This full-day option helps to develop a strong and close community for our homeschooled students. We offer a variety of class options with the hope that we will accommodate our students’ widely-varying schedules.
Periodically, special courses are offered by The Westfield Academy Annex that complement our core Debate and MUN courses. Please see the link at the left for more information about these classes.
To be an effective debater, MUNer and world citizen, our students need to understand the wider world. Therefore, throughout the year, Westfield works to obtain reduced or free tickets to numerous lectures, forums and other academic events. We attend these events together as a group, then go out for ice-cream afterwards to critically discuss everything we just learned! Our goal is to make our students smart - or we really should say smartER! These events are always optional. They are also very popular and help to grow the strong sense of community that is Westfield.
Westfield helps students become global citizens and lifelong learners, providing students with an amazing and welcoming community where it is cool to be smart, knowledgeable and engaged in the world. We truly believe that Westfield students will be the future leaders of the world!
Welcome again, and please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions. We hope that you come see what this unique and special Westfield learning community is all about: We would love to have you join us!