About The Wheeler School

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

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.

Mission

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”.

Careers

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