Nathaniel H. Wixon Innovation School is located on Route 134 in South Dennis, Massachusetts. Wixon proudly educates fourth to eighth grade students for the Town of Dennis. The entire Wixon faculty is highly committed to teaching and learning, school safety and fostering parent/community partnerships.
Wixon continues to provide a rigorous academic program with a class size average of 20 students/class. Academic offerings include: English language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language (seventh and eighth grades), visual arts, music, physical education, health, and technology. Wixon students may also choose to take instrumental music, chorus or strings during the school day.
We are in a state of continuous improvement, at Wixon. Last year we offered a program for 6th grade students from Dennis and Yarmouth, the Wixon Middle Level Academy (WMLA). The WMLA is designed to challenge students to meet high academic and social standards. While open to all motivated students, high achieving students are clustered in the WMLA. The WMLA has been a great success and has grown to include both 6th and 7th grade this year.
Our innovation is a commitment to Project-Based Learning (PBL) in all content areas across all grades. Project-based learning is a comprehensive, student-driven approach to teaching and learning that is designed to engage students in learning through investigations of authentic problems. Emphasiis is placed on the fostering 21st century skills with a strong adherence to common core standards.
Our school offers a variety of after school activities and enrichment, such as: Student Council/Peer Leadership, French & Spanish Clubs and interscholastic athletics. Our fifth grade students receive Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) from Officer Jim Winn of the Dennis Police Department. Each 5th grade class also engages in a unique week-long NEED Collaborative Seashore experience, a long-standing tradition for DYRSD students.