Head of School's Welcome

Back in 2002, when I proudly accepted the position as Wheeler’s Head of School, I did so for both personal and professional reasons. Like many educators around the country, I admired Wheeler’s reputation as a progressive, dynamic institution that both challenged and inspired its students. But equally important, my wife and I knew that working at Wheeler meant that our two young children, then aged six and four, would have the opportunity for a truly extraordinary education. Now, many years later, our lives and the life of the school seem entirely, and happily, entwined.

So, admittedly, I’m an invested booster of this 127-year-old institution, and I hope this website will help you understand why. Perhaps, through your computer screen, you can sense what happens when 821 highly energetic students, ages 3-18, and an extraordinary faculty, are condensed into one city block in the heart of the College Hill Neighborhood of Providence. I hope you can feel the palpable “buzz” of excitement and possibility, the creative friction, which defines The Wheeler School.

This school is noted for, and this website will indicate, a powerful academic program and a rich array of co-curricular offerings. Our students and our graduates can boast an almost embarrassing range and depth of accomplishment and achievement. But at this school’s core is something that cannot be measured or understood by extravagant SAT scores, rarified college acceptance lists, athletic championships, or an innovative curriculum all of which are abundantly manifest everywhere one looks. Rather, we strive to live by a value system we inherited from the school’s remarkable founder — an artist, feminist, intellectual educator and ethical example of tremendous potency. Mary C. Wheeler cared about passionate curiosity, about innovation, about a flexibility of mind, about rigor, and about caring for one’s fellow man and woman. By some good fortune and much hard work, her priorities are alive and well in our community and remain central to our mission.

As you navigate through these pages, we hope your curiosity is piqued, whether you are a graduate of the school, a student, a parent, an applicant, or simply a connoisseur of fine websites. Please contact us by telephone or email, or better yet, visit. What is impressive on the Internet is surely compelling in person.

With warm regards,

Dan Miller
Head of School
Dan Miller is Wheeler’s 7th Head of School. After attending Amherst College, Dan was a teacher and coach at the St. Ann’s School in Brooklyn, New York. He went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in History of American Civilization from Harvard University. He was the Dean of Students at Riverdale Country School then the Head of Upper School at the Kent Denver School in Colorado before coming to Wheeler in 2003. He is married to Joanna Miller and has two children, one in Upper School and one in college.  He will depart at the end of June, 2017, after his youngest child graduates from Wheeler.
    • Student Chorus Serenades Head Dan Miller

      Alumna Genetta Kah '11 and a chorus of Middle and Upper School students sing to Head Dan Miller as he is awarded the 2017 Wheeler Community Spirit Award at the SICA Family Potluck February 17.

    • 8th Graders interview Head of School Dan Miller in his final year at Wheeler for their radio program