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The Hamilton School at Wheeler is a unique place, a "school-within-a-school" contained within The Wheeler School in Providence, RI., serving children from Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts communities.  Founded in 1988 to serve bright elementary-grade children with language-based learning differences, the school is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2013. Many Hamilton students have been diagnosed with dyslexia (reading disorder), attention-deficit disorder (ADHD), executive function deficits, and/or specific language impairments. 

Hamilton has a lower division for students in grades 1-5 and a middle school division for students in grades 6-8. Class size ranges from 5-11 students, depending on grade level. Our total enrollment is approximately 73 students. Hamilton is overseen by a program director, an administrative assistant, and has 13 full time faculty members. The program also shares faculty members with other Wheeler divisions in art, music, library, and physical education. Preparing children for mainstream educational settings after they leave Hamilton is a primary goal of the program.

Hamilton Lower School students have their academic classes in the Whitaker building on Wheeler's Providence campus. Hamilton 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes are located within the Wheeler Middle School. Hamilton students are integrated with regular Wheeler students for art, music, library, physical education, Aerie (enrichment) classes, field trips, and special events. Hamilton students are also integrated for lunch periods and recesses, mini-courses, and activity times. This school-within-a-school model allows students to be taught in smaller instructional groupings by teachers who utilize specialized teaching approaches while also providing the opportunity for socialization in the wider school community.

Perhaps what sets Hamilton apart from other schools is its focus on remediating skill deficits while also helping students to develop their talents and interests. 

Whether you are a prospective parent, an alumnus or just a casual visitor of our site, welcome. We have a wealth of information including links to everything on Wheeler’s website and connections to many learning differences resources throughout the country.
2014 Hamilton Achievement Award Discusses Dyslexia
Inside the new Wharton P. Whitaker Building
A Look Back: 20th Anniversary Video 2008
Student-Produced Video About Our New Building
Learning Differences Information
Dr. Nadine Gaab presentation on summer "brain drain" and the link between music and executive function.




The International Dyslexia Association
Visit the IDA site to access more information and resources related to dyslexia.  Parents can join IDA for a nominal fee and access a wealth of resources.

Keynote address at Dunn/RIBIDA Conference, October 23,2010, Providence,Rhode Island

Learn about resources and events in Rhode Island and Massachusetts

Rhode Island Tutorial and Educational Services
Rhode Island Tutorial & Educational Services (RITES) was established over a decade ago to help students with various learning styles realize their academic potential. Also, RITES operates Hamilton's summer program. They are an excellent resource for tutors during the school year and in the summer.


Meet Hamilton's Director
In June 1992 Jonathan Green was appointed director of The Hamilton School at Wheeler. Jon graduated with a degree in Education from the University of Vermont in 1975 and earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University in 1981. Jon brings to the field of learning differences 30 years of teaching experience. Prior to Wheeler, he taught students and administrated programs at the Landmark School in Beverly, Massachusetts and Mt. Abraham Union High School in Bristol, Vermont.

Jon is active locally and within the national LD community. He is a member of the International Dyslexia Association and was on the IDA National Board of Directors for six years.  From time to time Jon comments on hisLDadvisor Blog.
Hamilton School News
Hamilton Honors CT Gov. Dan Malloy During His Campus Visit
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy admitted during his visit to accept the 2014 Hamilton School Life Achievement Award — presented for success despite the challenges of a learning difference — that had HE attended Hamilton as an elementary student, maybe he'd "have been President" and not ridiculed by classmates and teachers for failing spelling, being clumsy and having the label "mental retardation" applied. Malloy's inspiring assemblies with the Hamilton students, the entire Wheeler community and at an evening reception where RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee (a Wheeler/Hamilton parent himself) presented Malloy the Hamilton crystal apple, gave everyone who heard Malloy speak a boost about educational potential for all children.  Click here to see a web page of photos and 8th grader Adam Dolce's WheelerSchoolBroadcasting interview from the visit. Thank you to our "Mind Your p's & q's Party" cochairs Kim Esposito and Lisa Reefe and their committee for their efforts on this year's event.
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Connecticut Governor To Receive Hamilton Award March 7
Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy is the 2014 recipient of The Hamilton School at Wheeler’s Life Achievement Award; presented for “overcoming the challenges of a learning difference to succeed.”  Malloy will accept his award during a visit to the Providence school-within-a-school for students with learning differences on the afternoon and evening of Friday, March 7.
Each year, The Hamilton School at Wheeler honors a noted dyslexic individual with this award. Past honorees include Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Schultz, Twister game inventor Reyn Guyer, migrant-worker turned pediatrician Mary Groda-Lewis and the late CBS News President Fred Friendly.

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Hamilton Over 25 Years Slideshow
Take a walk down memory lane with this compilation of images from The Hamilton School's first twenty-five years.
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Admission Information

Complete information about the application and admission process for the Hamilton School at Wheeler

Learn about our Programs
Curriculum Overview
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Hamilton Lower School
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Hamilton Middle School
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HASP
A program in Wheeler's Upper School for Hamilton alumni. Click here.

Alumni
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Awards & Honors
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Contact Information
Joan Graff
Hamilton School Administrative Assistant

Jonathan Green
Director of the Hamilton School at Wheeler
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Jon Green's new blog, LDadvisor
Get Hamilton Director's Jon Green's expert viewpoint on cutting edge news, research and more.

2014 Hamilton Life Achievement Recipient
Learn more about Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and make sure to RSVP for the free March 7, 2014 "Mind Your p's and q"s" event to meet Governor Malloy, hear him speak, and celebrate with the Hamilton and Wheeler community; and, find out what's happening for the public for Learning Differences Awareness Weeks, and learn about the 2014 Hamilton Summer Programs.

Hamilton Alumni Update
Find out what Hamilton graduates are doing now and how their learning profiles and their Hamilton experiences have affected their professional lives.

iPads in the Classroom
Find out how Hamilton's 5th grade class used iMovie to create exciting trailers about their Buzzards Bay field trip.

Appleseeds Winter 2014
Download the latest issue of Hamilton's Appleseeds newsletter. This issue focuses on how to use new technology effectively.





Appleseeds (20th anniversary)
This edition of Hamilton's newsletter, Appleseeds, celebrates the 20th anniversary of The Hamilton School at Wheeler (spring 2008).

IDA Newsletter
Read the Summer 08 Perspectives on Language and Literacy, a publication of the International Dyslexia Association.  This issue contains personal stories about successes with dyslexia.