Welcome to Westfield
Hello and Welcome to the 2016-2017 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 academic community and the programs we offer. For those who are returning, welcome back!
Westfield Academy is a community school offering debate, Model United Nations (MUN), and leadership classes during the academic year and three one-week sessions of summer camp in June. 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, but also in helping 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. Our students hail from all over the state - some even come from neighboring states - and from a variety of 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. 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 are also very excited that, due to popular demand, we are continuing to expand. This year we are opening “Westfield South”, a new branch in Southern Connecticut in New Canaan!! Please see the links on the left for class descriptions and class dates and times for details. Additionally, we have added an additional class in West Hartford for ages 11 to 14 on Mondays from 4:00 to 6:00.
Periodically, special courses are offered by The Westfield Academy Annex that complement our core Debate and MUN courses. This fall, we are excited to welcome back Connor and Caley as our Westfield Academy Annex instructors! 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!
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!