Doug Hinko

Head of PK-8th Grade

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

If the first half of 2020 has taught us anything, it is the importance of resilience, community, and most keenly: to expect the unexpected. These values and lessons of the first part of 2020 will undoubtedly stick with each of us for our lifetime. In the same way, at Williamsburg Northside School, we have been instilling these same lessons and values In our students since the very beginning. In fact, it is who we are to our core.

When I think about our school’s core values and what we stand for as a community, I can’t help to think about how responsibility, resiliency, and compassion are intentionally at the heart of what we do each day both in and outside the classroom. As educators and students alike, we view the beginning of each school year as a fresh start and a new beginning filled with boundless opportunities for self improvement, and self reflection. No doubt, we will embark on the journey of the 2020-2021 school year as new and more caring and resilient citizens of the world than ever before.

One of the things I value most about Williamsburg Northside is its mission to nurture each child’s natural curiosity, our strive to create a caring community and to bring a sense of joy to learning. Being a caring community member stretches far beyond the confines of the classroom, school, or your home, but to instill the important value of caring for the world and people around them in the global community.

None of these opportunities ahead would be possible without the dedication of our talented faculty who are masters of their craft and caring global citizens themselves. Northside has been so blessed throughout the years with a talented, caring and committed faculty and it is without a doubt I can say that although we may not know what the 2020-21 school year will look like, it promises to be one filled with learning, joy, growth, community and discovery. Please know that I am always here to support our parents and families however possible so please say hello or reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.


Doug Hinko
Head of PK-8th Grade

We create an intentional learning environment that blends the imagination of childhood with academic excellence. It’s a powerful combination that allows for mastery across the disciplines, engaging our students in a collaborative community of learners, while always providing the opportunity for individuality to shine.

Northside’s Lower School is founded on the belief and experience that engaging children’s powerful curiosity and passion for learning is critical to the development of higher order thinking. This includes integrating and applying knowledge from multiple disciplines, as well as the ability to approach complex problems with novel solutions. Northside fosters the development of creativity and flexible thinking, as well as students’ abilities to collaborate and communicate. This is accomplished through project-based explorations.  The core idea that children are strong, capable learners, who are agents in their education, encourages self-confidence, independence and individuality. Balanced with respect for others in the community and for a collaborative work process, these beliefs provide the foundation for an education that is enriched and rigorous. Every day in the Lower School is a full one and includes instruction in reading, writing, word study, and Math. Student schedules are further deepened with specials in Science, Visual Arts, Music, Library, Spanish, and Physical Education. 

Project Work Explained 

The essential questions derived from and posited by our social studies curriculum form the core of our integrated approach to instruction. The questions classrooms pursue are mutually informed by student inquiry and established academic standards from around the  globe. Our projects provide students the opportunity to acquire mastery of academic benchmarks through self-directed learning. Our teachers are expert facilitators in this work, by bringing questions and ideas to life from which our students can research, discuss, debate, interview, investigate, share, listen, and create. The long and short-term projects that emanate from our classrooms provide comprehensive learning and exposure to age-appropriate concepts in history, geography, political science, and economics, inculcating in our students the belief that they can be agents of change in the world.

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