Clark and Wilkins Schools
Kindergarten and first grade students attend the Clark School, while Wilkins School houses students in grades one through four. Both schools focus on early intervention with a focus on literacy and mathematics instruction. Additionally, all grade levels incorporate units of study in the areas of social studies and science into their curriculum topics. The annual “Writing Festival” showcases the “published” work of all students as a culminating activity for our focus on reading, writing, and speaking. A noted “children’s” author visits the schools each year to speak with students, to share the books the author has published, and to verify the steps and processes authors follow in bringing a book to its final form.
All students in grades one through four receive weekly instruction in music, art, physical education, and library. First grade students participate in weekly guidance classes, while students in grades two through four receive a half-year instruction in computers and a half-year instruction in guidance. Kindergarten students participate in one monthly enrichment class in library, music, or art. Fourth grade students also receive keyboarding instruction as part of their technology instruction.
Both schools offer a variety of special education, speech and language, occupational therapy, academic, guidance, and reading support services to meet the wide range of needs of our many students. Additionally, selected students at Wilkins School have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities including: School Store management, editors of the “Wilkins Tribune”, participants in the “National Geographic Geography Bee”, or as members of “Continental Mathematics” groups.
Parent volunteers play a critical role in providing support to students in the cafeteria, in classrooms, at assemblies, and on field trips. Through the significant fundraising efforts of the Amherst PTA and the Amherst Junior Women’s Club, our schools offer many enrichment activities and assemblies, purchase instructional materials to support student learning, and provide offerings to connect learning at the schools with the world beyond Amherst.
The Clark and Wilkins Schools strive to offer educational excellence by providing safe, comfortable, and motivational learning environments that meet the many needs of our student populations.