Upper School Program
Wildwood’s upper school provides each student with the knowledge and skills needed for a successful college experience. Honors courses and advanced studies are offered for students who wish to pursue additional coursework in areas of special interest and abilities. The Wildwood Institute Model provides a parallel path for learning that resonates with 21st century learning skills and expectations. This path is not based on a curriculum, but instead uses authentic contexts such as a science research lab, a social leadership collaborative, or an incubator foundry.
In addition to core subjects, students choose from electives in the arts, including music, performing arts, or visual arts. Wildwood’s internship program places juniors and seniors at job sites in an area of professional interest one day a week. Varsity sports, community involvement, and a variety of clubs offer a range of opportunities for involvement in the school and broader community. Every student is a member of an advisory group guided by a teacher who is the student’s advisor, advocate, and the contact between school and home.
Narrative assessments function in the place of letter grades. To facilitate the college application process, narrative assessments are converted into grade-point averages beginning in the sophomore year. All 10th and 11th graders take the PSAT, and Wildwood offers test preparation courses for the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests.
Upper School Structure
The four-year upper school program includes two divisions. Division Three is 9th and 10th grades, and Senior Institute is 11th and 12th grades. Advisory, which meets four times a week, is multiage‒comprised of a mix of 9th and 10th grader students and for Senior Institute, 11th and 12th grade students. Juniors and seniors spend one afternoon a week engaged in internships off campus.