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Wildwood School was founded in 1971 by Founding Director Belle Mason and a dedicated group of parents who envisioned an elementary school curriculum that was experiential, academically challenging, project-based, and that honored the many ways in which children learn.

As Wildwood's educational philosophy evolved, the school created multi-age primary classrooms in 1987. Six years later, the growing elementary school moved to its current site on Washington Place in Culver City. The campus houses Wildwood's kindergarten through 5th grade.

In September 2000, Wildwood opened its Olympic Boulevard campus for middle school (grades 6 through 8) and upper school (grades 9 through 12). The building is defined by its award-winning architectural design that provides discreet learning spaces for each division.

The middle and upper school program maintains Wildwood's learner-centered curriculum and incorporates a dynamic college preparatory program. In its first year, the school received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation acknowledging Wildwood as a model small school - and is the only independent school to receive such a grant from the foundation. The first senior class graduated in June 2004, and the school now has a full enrollment of 700 students from kindergarten to 12th grade.

Hope E. Boyd served as head of school from 1992-2007. During her tenure, Wildwood became a national leader in innovative methods of education. Hope was also deeply involved in Wildwood's expansion to include middle and upper school.

Landis Green became head of school in 2007. Landis is a graduate of Kutztown University of Pennsylvania and earned his Masters of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout his 16-year career as an educator, he has been committed to innovation and educational excellence. Landis and the Board of Trustees are looking to Wildwood's future; in 2009 they unveiled a strategic plan that outlines the next phase of the school's development.



The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.
-Alvin Toffler, futurist and author of The Third Wave


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