Lower School at Wheeler

Learning—and learning how to learn—begins in our Lower School. With both an Early Childhood Division for Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten and an Elementary Education Division for Grades 1-5, Wheeler’s Lower School sparks the joy of learning. With our expert faculty, your child will build skills in reading, math, language and more in a safe, trusting, and fun campus environment.

Our Goal

The goal of Wheeler’s Lower School is to support your child in developing the academic skills, personal awareness, and emotional resilience necessary to be a successful learner and valued member of the community.

Our Program

Wheeler Lower School offers a creative, joyful, learning experience built on an enriched daily program responsive to your child. Our signature Aerie Approach enables every student to discover, explore and develop personal interests and academic passions that go beyond the curriculum. The experienced teachers in our Lower School are extraordinary, enthusiastic, creative, and deeply invested in your child’s success.

Our Community

A defining aspect of Wheeler’s Lower School is its strong sense of community. At weekly Community Meetings, grade levels may perform or exhibit their work as well as listen and learn from each other. In addition, Lower School has a buddy system between older and young grades to build these community connections. Special events bring all students from Nursery-Grade 12 together. Two memorable bookend moments take place each year. At the Opening School Assembly, our Senior Class walks hand in hand with Early Childhood students to seats of honor. These students create the backdrop while the Head of School presents a Welcome Back To School address.  At Field Day each spring, the March of Purples and Golds leads off as Seniors again link hands with our youngest students to walk onto the field at the Wheeler Farm. Field Day is the oldest continuous Wheeler tradition and our students love it.

Contact the Lower School Director Felicia Vinces.

Watch our Lower School Video

Age Requirements

Nursery applicants must be three (3) years old by September 1.

Pre-Kindergarten applicants must be four (4) years old by September 1.

Kindergarten applicants must be five (5) years old by September 1.

Meeting & Tour

All Lower School applicant parents should meet with the Director of Enrollment and tour our campus. In addition, parents are welcome to observe in classrooms to get a sense of whether Wheeler would be a good fit for your child.

Please call (401.421.8100) or email (Enrollment@wheelerschool.org) to schedule your meeting, tour, and, if you’d like, classroom observation.

Lower School Administration