A Message From Our Head of School

More understanding.  More compassion.  More listening.  More success for each and every student. 

West End Day is More than a school.For close to 40 years, West End Day School has been more than a school to students, families, and faculty. I have been a member of this incredible place for more than 20 of those years. While West End Day has certainly evolved and grown over time, our principles hold fast; we were pioneers in the practice of social-emotional teaching, and that approach still remains at the center of everything we do.

An academic program built upon individuality – and the importance of community.

Our curriculum is anything but one-size-fits-all. It’s customized to speak to individual learning styles and individual personalities. When you couple this approach with a nurturing educational environment that takes social-emotional learning to heart, children thrive – seeing a new side of themselves and their abilities. When personal success becomes more possible, children are more open and ready to be productive members of their community. Having a greater understanding of the bigger picture - and their ability and responsibility to impact it - is a huge part of what West End Day School strives to teach every student.

Rooted in strong relationships.

At West End Day, we deeply value the relationships we have with our students, parents, and one another. This strong sense of connection, respect, and collaboration is reinforced throughout every aspect of our program. One of my biggest joys in our everyday mission is our inclusion of parents. We all know that when a child is struggling, it is the parents who will suffer most. Here, parents are seen as vital team members. We make sure we have the resources and staffing to invite parents in, to keep communication open, and to offer them our team of experts - all to ensure they’re given the support they need to help their children succeed.

Positivity has a positively undeniable impact. 

Visitors that walk our halls, speak about the brightness and positive energy that permeates. This positivity is felt from our faculty, our students, and our space. We are whole-heartedly invested in making school a happy place,  where we often laugh and have fun learning. I invite you to come see the magic of what makes us - us - for yourself.


Carrie Catapano
Head of School