Ten days ago the school announced it was losing its second Middle School Director in 4 years. Five days ago it announced it was also losing its assistant head of school, to be replaced by the current head of upper school. So, next year there will be both a new Middle School director and a new High School director. Given those circumstances it is maybe not surprising that the school did not inform parents they are also losing two seventh grade academic teachers as well as three of the four 6th grade academic teachers (science, math, and rumor has it, also one of the two humanities teachers). Bad luck? Bad hiring practices? Bad work environment? A combination of the three? The more important question is probably, for 37k a year, should you have to wonder?
Both of my children have been at Wildwood since kindergarten, with the oldest now in the 8th grade. They are avid learners, love school, and are both incredibly academically, intellectually and socially competent. Wildwood focuses on what it really means to be a lifelong learner. It values curiosity, being a self-starter, caring for others, and making positive change in the world. It's the school that you wish you went to as a kid because you know you would be better today for it. It also is the school you feel grateful exists if your goal is to try and raise ethical, intelligent and thoughtful children.
Our 3 daughters graduated from Wildwood. They loved going to school and getting a top education. We're so grateful for the extraordinary educational community at Wildwood, and we've found them to be 100% available for the students. Our daughters have become critical thinkers with big hearts who went on to exceptional colleges and felt ready to take on their passions in life.
We graduated all 3 of our daughters from Wildwood. We LOVE it. It is an extraordinary, magical, rigorous, engaging, academic community. The teachers are uniformly outstanding. The heads of school are smart, available and forward-thinking. The parent body is warm, wise + welcoming. The young women our daughters have become are exceptionally WHOLE, informed, funny and academically-impressive young adults. All have graduated from or are attending top-tier colleges (including an Ivy). Their academic prowess continues to impress. My wife + I attribute a great-deal of our children's success to their experience at Wildwood. It is a magical place... filled with extraordinary people.