Success in today's global society demands knowledge, skills, and perspective that go beyond textbook-based education. Fact and figures, while important, are part of an information database that is evolving at breakneck speed. In this ever-changing environment, students must learn how to learn—to adapt, collaborate, and gain perspective in a world that is increasingly connected.
To prepare students for success, Wildwood emphasizes project-based learning, which allows students to delve deeply into course material and merge it with their own interests. Through projects, students acquire additional insights, connecting new knowledge to what they already know. They develop higher-order thinking skills—the ability to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize—that are crucial for college achievement.
Wildwood recognizes that each student possesses his or her own unique methods of learning and varying levels of skill and degrees of interest. Teachers and students appreciate that there are different types of literacy—informational, intellectual, emotional, social, and ethical - that make up a well-rounded student. At the same time, students are challenged to structure their learning through the discipline of the Life Skills in elementary school, and the rigors of the Habits of Mind and Heart in middle and upper school.