Kristen St. Louis '21 earned an Honorable Mention Award in the 2019 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest Poetry Category.
Walker’s curriculum includes a design approach to learning that is woven throughout its classrooms and across academic disciplines.
Teachers and students are encouraged to work collaboratively and “think outside the box.” Courses offer students a setting where they can experiment and try their hand at creative problem solving to find solutions in new and interesting ways. Courses listed as STEAM are cross-disciplinary in nature and will require a combination of traditional and non-traditional approaches to the classroom experience.
M.S., Duke University
Ph.D., University of Virginia
This course introduces the basic concepts of programming and robotics in an interactive environment fostering collaboration, creativity and communication. As part of the course,the students will also engage in various hands-on projects to gain an understanding of the foundational concepts in civil engineering such as tension and compression and how those forces are at work in various structures.
This course continues to develop skills in programming through challenges and their own projects in the Scratch programming language. In addition to Scratch, students will be able to further their programming knowledge and skills through challenges utilizing the Sphero robot.
As part of the course,the students will also engage in various hands-on projects to gain an understanding of the foundational concepts in mechanical engineering by developing an understanding of mechanical advantage and what that means for simple machines.
This course focuses on problem solving heuristics and the engineering design process – defining a problem, identifying its constraints, brainstorming solutions, creating and evaluating a prototype, iterating to improve a prototype, and communicating their solution.
The students will practice the design process by solving various engineering challenges. As part of the course, the students will have an opportunity to apply what they have learned by identifying their own problem, following the design process and creating their own digital or physical solution for presentation.
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Advanced Computer Science
- Movie/Video Production
- Sculpture and 3D Design
Open to Grades 10 – 12
Prerequisite: Department approval
This is a semester-long course for students who have demonstrated passion for overcoming challenges in innovative ways. Through this 100% hands-on, project-based course, students will immerse themselves in the process of engineering – defining a problem and identifying its constraints, brainstorming solutions, creating and evaluating a prototype, iterating to improve their prototype, and communicating their solution. Students will develop confidence and fluidity in this process over the course of the semester. The challenges encountered in this course will focus on different types of engineering, possibly including mechanical, electrical, civil, and environmental engineering. Students will develop skills in group collaboration and will be encouraged to make use of all of their available tools and resources. Students will be evaluated based on in-class engagement, fulfillment of project components, documentation of their unique engineering process, written reflections, and analysis of work.
Open to students who have completed Algebra 2
This course focuses and engages the entire discipline of computer science. We will demystify computer hardware and how it works, use computer software, and explore design and implementation. Students will problem-solve, develop software, and come to understand how computers, people and society interoperate. Our goal is to build quantitative reasoning skills and a basis for future survival and exploration in our advancing world.
Open to Grades 9-12
This is a semester course designed to cover all facets of movie production, including script writing, working with talent, camera work, sound, directing, locations, costume, props, post production editing, etc. Nikon DSLR cameras will be supplied for the duration of the course. Genre types will include shorts, feature films, documentaries, music videos, and comedy sketches. The course will involve hands-on, small team experience developing production timelines and filming with DSLR cameras after review of best-practice examples of each motion-picture type. Instruction in post-production editing techniques will be taught to allow finished products to be shown to the local community and/or entered into film showcases and festivals.
Open to Grades 9-12
There is no limit to the number of semesters for which you may register for this course.
This course will focus on applying the basic elements and principles of art and design to help students construct artistically creative 3D structures in a variety of media and techniques. Students will study additive and subtractive sculpture-making approaches, construction, assemblage, as well as molding and casting. Students will be exposed to the following materials when creating their projects: paper (ex. the artist book, pop-up, quilling) paper casting, papier-mâché, cardboard construction and deconstruction, assemblage, wire, plaster, encaustic, and found objects and recycled materials.
Walker's Honors Biochemistry students were awarded the top high school prize for the 3rd Annual Small World Initiative (SWI) Do Something About Antibiotics Challenge™, which challenges high school students to do something about superbugs and the growing global antibiotic crisis.
Walker's took the top two prizes in the high school category of Tiny Earth Network's 2018 November Antibiotic Awareness Campaign.
In Dr. Melissa Bernardo's classes, lessons come to life. Read more about Bernardo's project-based curriculum, and watch her Tropical Ecology students create an interactive rainforest on campus as a result of a collaborative research project about biodiversity.
Congratulations to Walker's seventh grader Chloe Fares '24, whose written piece "The Great White Depression" was published as a notable submission in the Middle School Prose division of the 2018 Ocean Awareness Contest by Bow Seat, a Boston-based nonprofit that works to inspire the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science, and advocacy.