About Wheeler

Campus Mission, Maps & History

The Wheeler Mission Statement

Founded in 1889, The Wheeler School is an independent day school for girls and boys from Nursery through Grade Twelve in Providence, Rhode Island. Central to the School's philosophy is the assumption that all of us, students and teachers alike, can and should contribute to and draw from the extraordinary energy and vitality which is characteristic of this community. Although preparation for college is a primary goal of the Upper School, our program in all divisions is intended to be both academically rigorous and developmentally appropriate. 
Most importantly, we believe that all those who participate in the Wheeler experience will recognize, celebrate and respect:

List of 4 items.

  • Awareness

    We have much to learn and appreciate about the socially significant identities and cultures of the members of our community and our world. To value these traits and their related histories, experiences and perspectives is to promote understanding and respect for one another and to encourage an involvement in a world beyond self and school.
  • Commonality

    We use cooperative experiences in order to build a spirit of community, an acceptance of cultural responsibility, and an awareness of the role of the collaborative effort in human interaction. Our goal is to build relationships based on appreciation and trust.
  • Individuality

    Each member of the Wheeler community is unique as a learner and as a person. We understand that the human mind is capable of thinking and creating in many different ways, and our multi-faceted curriculum encourages each student to explore his or her strengths and weaknesses in the context of a supportive environment.
  • Opportunity

    Our program is designed to offer flexibility and choice through its exceptional richness of offerings. We continually seek to find a balance between what is required or expected and what is possible beyond these limits.
Please download our Statement on Diversity and Community.
The School believes in the importance of high expectations and standards. At the same time, we recognize that academic, artistic, social and physical development are the results of a process which allows each individual to identify and draw upon his or her own resources. Our hope and expectation is that at Wheeler each student will have learned to solve problems, to express himself or herself creatively, to engage confidently in new activities and to communicate effectively and sensitively with others.

School Division Structure

Wheeler is comprised of four school divisions. To learn more about each division, please select its link under the Academics tab above:
  • Lower School (Grades Nursery - Five)
  • Middle School (Grades Six - Eight)
  • Upper School (Grades Nine - Twelve)
  • The Hamilton School at Wheeler for students with diagnosed learning differences (Grades One - Eight)
To request more information, contact the Admission Office at 401.421.8100 or email them here.

Our School Motto, selected by the students in the 1930s, is The Spirit Giveth Life. Read more about the motto, school seal and our history on our School History page.
Nondiscrimination Policy:
The Wheeler School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or handicap in the administration of its educational, admissions, and financial aid policies, faculty and staff recruitment and hiring policies, athletics or other program or activities administered by the school.
216 Hope Street
Providence, Rhode Island 02906-2246
Phone: (401) 421-8100

Founded 1889

The Wheeler School is an independent coeducational college preparatory day school for Nursery, Pre-K, K-Grade 12 serving Providence, RI, Greater Providence and Greater Boston. The Hamilton School welcomes Grades 1-8 with language-based learning differences.