One will never realize how great this school is unless they are exposed to vast majority of public and private schools in RI. In terms of acedemics and sports, Wheeler is so elite it is hard to describe. The number of ivy league acceptances is about 40% of the graduating class (by acceptances/class number). A SAT score of 2000+ is average, and students always strive for A's. We have a great number of nationally ranked athletes (falling shorts to Moses Brown and a few other schools) but still have a great number of college recruited athletes as well. Socially, it is quite hard to fit in, and maintain social image, but you are never ostracized or bullied. The worst that happens is you are labeled "not very popular". Teachers are great as well, on a personal level. I treat many of my teachers like friends.
Wheeler is an exceptional school -- across the board. I'm the parent of 2 recent grads who followed their own pathways and passions, so my exposure to different elements of the school was considerable. Academically, whether a student is in advanced classes or on a regular track, the teachers are committed and are subject specialists. Students develop a strong academic foundation and build on it in a seemingly limitless way. Athletic programs are superb and varied. Wheeler Farm is an unbelievably sweet facility. The arts and music programs are fantastic. Learning and striving for excellence permeates the environment. There is an aura of respect, kindness, and acceptance. It's a very exciting campus and experience. My kids and their friends were fully prepared (brains, souls, hearts...) to excel at top tier universities both academically and socially. Most important, they loved to get up in the morning and go to school, see their wonderful friends and engage with their caring and capable teachers. No experience is absolutely perfect, but their's probably was, or came very close. We remain grateful to the school. May it continue to inspire many more young minds.
As a parent of a former Hamilton student, Wheeler has embraced the different learning styles of individuals and provides over-the-top support with HASP, Student Fellows and other aids. They are innovative with the use of iPads and other technological tools. As a lower and middle school student, the teachers integrated the Hamilton students with the Wheeler students at lunch and other activities, and all were an integral part of the Wheeler community.
My daughter attend this school and found the female student body to be shallow. The is a focus on material things and who has what. She also had a friend that in eighth grade was told that she would no be able to measure up academically, and was asked to leave. She stayed a has performed well, the administration's top concern is not the student's performance but the impact on SAT scores and destinations matriculation.
This school is worth every penny. The school provided my son a strong foundation for his college experience. Great teachers that care about the student's development and outstanding upper level leadership.
Wheeler is an excellent school that is extremely supportive of bright, independent, creative kids. Compared with other private schools, it has a strong arts program, students that understand one another's differences, and faculty that reward and foster originality. Junior high school is notorious for being a ferocious, competitive, clique-ish place, but Wheeler doesn't fit that negative stereotype. If you're a parent to someone smart, someone artistic, maybe someone that doesn't fit into the usual molds, Wheeler would be a really good fit.