Pittsburgh and Allison Park, PA
In 2004, a grant from the Edward E. Ford Foundation catapulted Winchester Thurston School’s City as Our Campus initiative from concept to reality, enabling the school to utilize the considerable resources of the city of Pittsburgh to enrich its curriculum and build experiential learning programs in partnership with regional institutions.
Over the next five years, WT’s intention is to transform the Upper School experience through City as Our Campus, organizing the initiativearound the following paradigm: Independent schools are interdependent with their communities—each school’s destiny is tied to that of its region. By actively engaging students in the public arena as researchers, artists, communicators, and advocates in the cultural, political, and economic life of the city, WT will seek to serve both as a partner in Pittsburgh’s revitalization, contributing to local solutions, and as a leader in educational transformation, fostering within students an ethos of active inquiry and civic engagement. The expansion of City as Our Campus will focus on four distinct programs:
The Urban Laboratory: A required urban studies course for seniors, encompassing academic work and active research on recognized urban problems, with findings and solutions documented in an online archive that serves as a lasting contribution to the region.