About The Wheeler School

An uncommon education in a joyful environment: Providence, Rhode Island’s distinguished coed Nursery through 12th Grade independent school.

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The Wheeler School was founded in 1889 by Mary Colman Wheeler, an artist, educator, and activist with an innovative vision: craft an educational experience grounded in students’ curiosity and passions, combine academic pursuit with hands-on experience and live out a shared belief that together, they could make the world a better place.

Miss Wheeler’s vibrant vision of what education should look and feel like remains at the core of our approach today, and is, perhaps, even more, relevant today than it was more than a century ago.

We give each student the opportunity to learn by doing and collaborating, to explore new interests and grow in their passions, to build their self-awareness and confidence through leadership and service, and to develop the critical thinking and skills they need to be thoughtful, curious, and contributing citizens of the world.

We acknowledge that the land on which our two campuses stand was that of the Narragansett (Providence campus) and Wampanoag (Seekonk campus) people.

An Overview of The Wheeler School from Wheeler School Broadcasting on Vimeo.


Based on a founding precept by Mary Colman Wheeler, our new Mission, adopted in November 2018, is to “Learn Our Powers and Be Answerable For Their Use”.


Become a part of our close-knit Wheeler community, while making a profound difference in our students’ lives. Visit our Careers page.

Ask A Student What They Love About Wheeler

The answers are as varied as they are, but this panel of Student Ambassadors share one thing in common: they all love Wheeler.

First two pages of the school viewbook