I feel so fortunate to have found a school like Wildwood for my children, where they receive a stellar academic education while becoming compassionate, contributing, ethical members of society. They don’t face the intense competition and super heavy (often pointless) homework load found at so many schools these days, both public and private. Wildwood teachers and administrators embrace feedback and change and endeavor to produce graduates who are prepared to thrive in whatever awaits them after high school. Their progressive approach to teaching gives students real-world skills and a lifelong love of learning.
My son will be graduating from Wildwood this year, and his experience has been a stellar one. Our family has always appreciated Wildwood's approach to education. They continue to set a very high bar for effective learning, while the students are able to self-reflect with a clear understanding of their own learning style. The teachers are very supportive, and in the case of my son, they always encouraged him to incorporate his own passions and interests into the curriculum. The Wildwood Institute for Stem Research and Development is unique to Wildwood and a groundbreaking program. My son will graduate fully prepared to navigate his new College experience with compassion, confidence, excitement and a true love of learning. We couldn't be more grateful for our son's Wildwood education.
In everything that the students do integrity, compassion, and respect are the foundation. Students at Wildwood are passionate, caring, and collaborative. They care about one another, their school, their community, and the world around them. It's just the "Wildwood way" of being.
The teachers are absolutely amazing. They create an engaging atmosphere in their classrooms where the students are connected to the work they are doing. The teachers are the heart and soul of Wildwood who truly care about their students.
My children have attended Wildwood School since kindergarten--and my oldest is now in his first year of college and my youngest is in 11th grade. Wildwood offers a cutting edge education which inspires its students to be life-long learners who are interested in the world around them. The administration and teachers truly care about the students and see each one as individuals. Students are consistently engaged, self-reflective, and passionate learners. Wildwood creates a safe and stimulating environment for this to be so.
I have two students at Wildwood, one in middle school and one in upper school. Our experience has been excellent, especially in terms of the individualized attention given to the students. Their teachers know them well and push them to stretch themselves both academically and socially/emotionally, with pretty amazing results. Our children have emerged as confident, curious, self aware young adults who are unafraid to reach higher, and who are extraordinarily comfortable within the walls of their school. We appreciate the school's constant pursuit of educators and administrators who also challenge themselves, and who are not afraid to adapt. The school has and continues to be responsive to the latest research on education. They just always seem to be a step ahead.
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?