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“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.” – Marcus Garvey

Martin Luther King, Jr wrote: “Education must enable one to sift and weigh evidence, to discern the true from the false, the real from the unreal, and the facts from the fiction.  The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  The definition of teaching is to 1) imparting understanding, knowledge or skill, 2) an activity, 3) intended behavior to induce learning, 4) a family of activities, training, indoctrinating and conditioning (Webb p. 27).   

At Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts, critical thinking and problem solving is strongly encouraged in all subjects. As we prepare for the 2014 – 15 school year, the DOE has expanded the Citywide Instructional Expectations. The effort will involve changes in practices for teachers, school leaders and all students including special education and English language learners. The goal is to develop quality instruction, while incorporating the Common Core Learning Standards. All classroom teachers must set high expectation for all students. Teachers must provide opportunities to work with students on critical academic and personal behavior necessary for college and career readiness. 

This year the instructional goals are to incorporate the Hochman writing strategies in all humanity classes including ELA, and Social studies.  This will include providing scaffolds that allow all students (including ELL & SWD’s) an entry point into rigorous department writing tasks and common assessments. The goal is to improve the alignment between pedagogical practice and the school’s core beliefs about how students learn best so that all lessons engage students in discussions and all tasks promote higher-level critical thinking and participation. Students will be expected to make connections between various skills and real world connection to topics being address in each subject area.  Students will use standard regents and/or CCLS aligned rubrics to self-evaluate their work. 
In order for us to prepare our students for the future the following must be mandatory: 
  • Students must come to school every day and on time (Seat time in class is mandatory and promotes better grades). 
  • Come prepared for every class with notebooks, binders, paper, pens and pencils. 
  • Come with a sense of discipline (wearing uniforms and following rules, regulations and routines) and respect for each other, as well as for teachers, administrators, support staff, etc. 
  • Stop using profanity, foul language and the “N” word. It is not a term of endearment. It is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. • Respect our school by not littering both the inside and outside of the building. Keep our building, and community clean and presentable. 
  • At the end of each week ask yourself the following two questions: 1) What’s the most exceptional thing you’ve done this week? 2) What’s the most exceptional thing you will do next week? 
As you begin your school career, I encourage you to establish both educational and extra-curriculum goals. Get involved in the life of this school, as your cohort makes its mark in the history of the school. I urge you to continually strive for greatest and build on the foundation you will receive here. 
The following are listed as non-negotiables at Wadleigh. We are a uniform school and students are expected to be in uniform daily. The school is centered on the following four concepts (R. A. P. L):

  • R: respect Respect yourself, your peers, and all the adults in the building and around you. Because you will only receive respect when you respect others. 
  • A: accountable Be accountable for your actions. Only you can truly control your actions. Make sure that if you do something, be prepared to be held accountable for it. Everyone in life has to make choices and you have to live with these choices. 
  • P: preparedness Be prepared for success. Always have a plan. A man without a plan is a man without a vision or future. No one is going to hand you success. You will have to work for it. 
  • L: legacy Always remember what you do today is your legacy for tomorrow. Your action today is what society will use to judge you tomorrow. So always consider what kind of legacy you want to leave behind. 

 The Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts is a school committed to combining the pursuit of education with character building and preparing students to function in the global market. We are determined to provide an academically rigorous program for all of our students, inclusive of our ELL and special needs populations. Through a thematic art approach, which includes instrumental music, vocal music, theater, dance and fine arts partnered with a standard driven curriculum, our students will be prepared to attain the highest level of academic success and artistic proficiency. With the collective energies of our teachers, support staff and parents, our students will be equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, active life-long learners and productive competitive citizens in their communities and in the world at large. 

Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing and Visual Arts emphasizes the well-balanced student. We strive to become the premier Arts School in the Harlem community. At Wadleigh, students engage in a rigorous academic curriculum inclusive of Advanced Placement Courses, Honor classes, and College credit courses while developing their talents in the Arts and a multitude of extra-curricular activities. The Students at Wadleigh graduate with the academic skills and artistic proficiency necessary for them to excel at top four-year colleges, universities and specialized Art schools.