Founded in 1889 by visionary artist and educator Mary C. Wheeler, The Wheeler School is a nursery-grade 12 independent day school located on two campuses: in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence, RI and a 120-acre farm in Seekonk, MA. Approximately 800 students come to Wheeler from throughout the Greater Providence and Greater Boston areas.
The school’s mission, “to learn our powers and be answerable for their use,” is incorporated into classrooms, athletic fields, art studios, and STEAM labs, as students are encouraged to think deeply and explore the world. Across Wheeler’s campuses and grades, dedicated faculty and staff identify students’ specific learning paths and passions, challenging and supporting them in pursuit of academic excellence, artistic expression, and personal growth. Wheeler is also home to The Hamilton School, where skilled faculty meet students’ learning differences with the individualized instruction that leads to success.
Because individual passions don’t always fit cookie cutter approaches, Wheeler’s deeply ingrained Aerie Program offers expansive and responsive enrichment options to meet the curiosity, ambitions, and needs of every student. At any given time, Aerie supports approximately 30 for-credit classes, 70-plus enrichment electives, and a few dozen one-on-one and small group tutorials, making it an essential presence across all divisions of Wheeler.
Through this highly individualized, relationship-based approach, Wheeler graduates are prepared for college and life as creative, ethical, and engaged global citizens.