Clark and Wilkins Schools
Welcome to Clark-Wilkins School! We look forward to working with you and encourage you to express your ideas and concerns with us. Communication among students, parents/guardians, the community and the school is key to our mutual success. We believe that learning is a lifelong process, and that it takes the cooperation of everyone concerned working together to promote a safe, positive and effective school experience for our children.
The Amherst School Board, Clark-Wilkins School Administration and Staff are committed to providing a safe and comfortable atmosphere in which children can learn. This includes showing respect for one another and the school facility, encouraging a sense of self-responsibility and taking pride in working to the best of one’s ability. Within this environment, we also are committed to:
• Developing each student’s full academic potential
• Cultivating good character, citizenship and self-reliance
• Helping students to build positive self-esteem and desire to become lifelong learners
• Encouraging collaboration among staff to provide learning experiences relevant to all students’ needs
• Implementing curriculum in ways which will motivate and challenge students
• Involving students in programs that promote healthful living
• Establishing a school/community partnership
Pre-K and full day kindergarten 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 “Celebration of Learning” 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 kindergarten through four receive weekly instruction in music, art, physical education, and library. Guidance and Technology are also targeted areas of instruction for all students.
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: The “National Geographic Geography Bee”, and "Scripps National Spelling Bee".
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.