Elementary School Program
Wildwood’s elementary program supports the intellectual, social, and emotional development of each child. The curriculum encompasses the core academic subjects and emphasizes a project-based, hands-on approach in which children learn to think critically and creatively.
Children are active learners; they read, write stories, complete research projects, compute and solve problems, conduct science experiments, and create performances and artwork. Life Skills that children will use well into adulthood are incorporated into every facet of the curriculum.
A Systems Thinking approach often underpins the organization of units of study. Systems Thinking uses the intricate webs of natural and man-made systems to help children understand their roles, responsibilities, and power within our world.
Our campus features an outdoor classroom, providing students with an ideal setting for creative thought, conversation, and study. TEC D.E.C.—a “maker studio” offers a STEM-based hands-on lab space for innovative exploration and learning. Experiences outside of school, such as field trips and community involvement, enrich the curriculum and give children the opportunity to learn in real-world settings.
Elementary School Structure
The program is composed of the primaries, which includes kindergarten and 1st grades, and grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th. Wildwood uses a multi-age approach for its youngest students, grouping an equal number of kindergartners and 1st graders in classrooms known as “Pods.” Pods support children’s cognitive and social and emotional development by giving them the opportunity to have diverse roles within a safe, nurturing classroom environment.
Second through 5th grade students continue to develop critical thinking and Life Skills through project-based learning in single-grade classrooms. Fifth grade is structured to help students transition into middle school as they begin Wildwood’s Advisory program, and they have an academic schedule that rotates between different teachers and core subjects.