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.


K–12th grades, authentically progressive since 1971.

Elementary School

12201 Washington Place
Los AngelesCA 90066
(310) 397-3134

Middle and Upper School

11811 Olympic Boulevard
Los AngelesCA 90064
(310) 478-7189


Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Wildwood School policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, sex, gender identity, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local law or ordinance or regulation. Wildwood School also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. All such discrimination is unlawful.

The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:

Employees
       
Students
Alberto Duarte
 
Karen Dye
Director of Human Resources
 
Director of Equity and Inclusion
aduarte@wildwood.org
 
kdye@wildwood.org
(310) 806-4531    
 
(310) 806-4505

Wildwood School
11811 Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064
12201 Washington Place, Los Angeles, CA 90066

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at OCR@ed.gov or 800-421-3481.
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