On the Farm

Two complementary campuses — one embedded in a historic, education-rich neighborhood on the East Side of Providence, the other, a spectacular pastoral refuge just five miles away.

The Importance of Place

School Founder Mary Wheeler’s vision to have a rural counterpart to her city campus led her in 1912 to purchase 70 acres of working farmland and a Victorian house for the sum of $3250.00.  With investment over the years, Wheeler’s school grew this hidden gem of a property to 120 acres of fields, ponds, rocks, woodlands, and meadows.  The natural environment provides a sort of emotional, even spiritual, respite to the intensity of a city. It has become our place to exhale.

From soccer games on crisp fall afternoons to the shout of Farm Program 6th graders using found objects and lots of trial and error to construct a ‘secret’ fort on Junebug Mountain, to our community garden planting on Founder’s Day and our youngest students building both resilience and wonder in The Nest preschool to the tumult of summer campers racing across the sun-streaked trails, this second campus continues to draw students and teachers to its gifts.



Visit an interactive map of the Farm with critter cams and archival photos here!Illustration of the Wheeler Farm interactive map