School Environment

A Community Built on Collaboration

Collaboration is a cornerstone of the Wildwood experience. Through participation on task forces, work groups, and committees, Wildwood’s faculty and staff have an opportunity to interact with and learn from a wide range of constituents. Collaborative processes foster a sense of community, empower teachers, and propel innovation and continual improvement. Teachers work in teams to create curriculum, design projects, grapple with student learning, and to think big about education. Teachers have regular opportunities to collaborate in their division, their department, with their teaching partners, and K-12.

Professional Development

We are all learners at Wildwood School, so professional development is emphasized. Faculty meetings occur each week and topics range from technology integration to mastery-based assessment strategies to multicultural skill building.

Wildwood devotes considerable financial resources to professional development. Faculty and staff are able to research and attend conferences and workshops that meet their varied interests and needs, with organizations as varied as the following: Harvard Think Tank, The Heads Network Women in Leadership Conference, NAIS People of Color Conference (POCC), Visions, Inc., NAIS, CAIS, Buck Institute, Gardner Carney Leadership Institute (GCLI), and many more. Faculty who attend conferences and workshops are provided a forum in which they can share their learning with their colleagues.

Wildwood also hosts several on campus PD days throughout each school year, including weeks of “outro” and “intro,” and offers its REAP program (Research Exploration and Advancement Program) to faculty, allowing for extraordinarily well-funded opportunities to engage in self-directed summer study, domestic or abroad, related to Wildwood’s strategic priorities. Recent REAP-funded programming has ranged from Global Citizenship and Technology Integration to the study of the Finnish education system and a look at Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland’s work around the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

At Wildwood, we adhere to an ethos of reflection and constant growth. Teachers participate in a cycle of comprehensive observation, evaluation, and support. During evaluation years, this program includes annual goal setting, classroom observations throughout the year, periodic check-ins, and a year-end review.

"The self is not something ready-made, but something in continuous formation through choice of action." —John Dewey, Progressive Education Pioneer

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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