Hope Building CLOSED for Summer Renovations

Both Hope Building and the Nulman Lewis Student Center will be closed all summer due to renovations to the Middle School.  All campus visitors should come to the satellite Reception Room on the first floor at 211 Hope St. (next to the campus parking lot) for assistance. 211 Hope St. building is across the street from the main gates.



  • August

    Forest Fridays

    It is now widely agreed that — even more than knowledge acquisition — success in life depends upon skills such as work ethic, collaboration, persistence, and executive function skills (allowing us to plan, implement and complete tasks). The research makes clear that we learn these skills best in early life by spending time playing and learning with peers, exploring outdoors, generally having time to work things out. Researchers are now building on that with a “PDF” framework (playtime, downtime, family time) for children of all ages, including teenagers. All across the world, outdoor preschools, adventure playgrounds, and other self-directed experiences are nurturing the early development of key competencies that support the intellectual rigors of learning that are required (and desired!) as children grow.

    To build on an already robust curriculum of both structured and unstructured play, we introduce “Forest Fridays” at The Wheeler Farm. This year, Nursery, Pre-K and Kindergarten children will take the bus with their friends out to the Farm on periodic Fridays to explore nature, play together, develop independence, build creativity “muscles” and extend imagination. 

    See photos and read about the program on our Forest Fridays webpage.

    Allison Gaines Pell, Head of School
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  • Back To School Info

    Check the Parent FAQ page for all your back to school needs: welcome back letters from the Head and the Divisions, supply lists, the start of school info for Upper School students, and more.
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  • July

    Teachers Who Travel: Wheeler Teacher Brings English And Athletics To Middle School Students Overseas

    Wheeler English teacher and Admission Associate Sean Kelly ‘02 recently returned from an 11-day trip to the cities of Beijing and Jinan, China, where he taught an English Literature and Creative Writing course to Chinese middle school students.
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  • Center: Kim Chazan Zwetchkenbaum '83

    Kim Chazan Zwetchkenbaum '83 To Receive Founder's Award

    The Wheeler School Alumni Association has announced the recipient of its 2018 Founder’s Award presented during this year’s Reunion, October 13, on the campus in Providence, RI.
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  • Reunion 2018 This October

    Join us October 12-13 this year as we celebrate the Classes ending in 3's and 8's and all Wheeler alumni with our annual Reunion Weekend.  We've planned two days of events on both our Providence and Seekonk Farm campuses to let you reconnect with classmates and see what's different (and what's still the same) at your alma mater.  Visit our special Reunion 2018 page to see your class photo, information on lodging and ways to register for Reunion events.
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  • June

    Field 1 at Wheeler's Farm Campus Athletic Facility will be used for a new turf field.

    Organic Turf Field Coming Fall 2018

    The Wheeler School is adding a natural, organic, athletic turf field to its Athletic Complex on the School’s 120-acre second campus in Seekonk, MA.  The field will be located on Walker Street and support both fall and spring teams as well as being available to outside youth groups for rental.  It is scheduled for construction over the summer and will be in use for the Fall 2018 sports season.

    Wheeler Athletic Director Jon Donahue said, “This new turf field illustrates a continued commitment by the School to our athletics program.  Having this field, as well as the other fields and facilities at our 120-acre Farm Athletics Complex, enhances the athletic experience for our students who have great pride in our Wheeler Warrior program.”  This new artificial turf field offers greater flexibility for practices and games, allowing for optimal conditions throughout the season.  The turf field also provides valuable playing experience for student athletes headed to colleges with similar playing surfaces.

    The new field will be made possible by a Wheeler family who wishes to remain anonymous.  The entire project includes parking and spectator seating as well as the field.  The new field will be configured into two practice fields as well as a regulation field for field hockey, lacrosse and soccer.  The field will use an infill blend of coconut fiber and cork.  Scheduling for outside groups will begin in summer 2018.
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  • New Trustees Named To Wheeler Board

    Two new members have been elected to the Wheeler Board of Trustees.  At its annual meeting on May 31, the Board welcomed Parent Association President Lisa Martiesian — Director of Student Services/Somerset Schools, and parent Stephen Rosa — CEO of (add)ventures,  as new members for the coming 2018 school year.  The Board also recognized at the meeting those members of the Board who have completed their service: Ron Rotondo, Leslie Tente, Ray Uritescu, Al Verrecchia and Cliff White and presented its annual Board of Trustees Award to School consulting psychologist Dr. Rick Solomon. See below for the list of this year's officers and members.
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  • May

    Sophomore Wins Individual State Golf Title

    Sophomore Allison Paik (second from left in this photo with her teammates) earned the RI Interscholastic League Girls State Individual Golf Championship by five strokes at Newport Country Club in May. Paik birdied on the 4th, 6th, 10th and 14th holes, finishing with a score of 73. The Wheeler Warriors Coed Golf Team moved into the new RI Interscholastic League for the first time this year after being perennial leaders in the SENE League.
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  • Get Your Tickets To Macbeth!

    Enjoy the Middle School performance of Macbeth outdoors at The Wheeler Farm, May 17 & 18 (rain date May 19). Tickets can be purchased here!
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  • April

    Congratulations Class of 2018

    We are delighted to share the list of colleges who have accepted at least one member of this year's senior class. We are so very proud of all these students and their individual and shared accomplishments over the past four (or more!) years on our campus. No matter where they choose to set down their bags next fall, we know they will carry on the long tradition of Wheeler graduates by sharing their strong sense of compassion and citizenship for each other and the world around them  Wheeler College Counseling Office.

    See the Class list and read speeches from Commencement 2018 here.
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  • photo by Steve Jenks

    Spring Sports Preview

    Weather willing or not, the Wheeler Warriors are heading outdoors for the final athletics season of the school year.  Read previews about each team: Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse, Softball, Boys Tennis (+ Julia!) and Track.
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  • March

    Wheeler Mock Trial Wins State Championship

    Congratulations to the Wheeler Mock Trial team who defeated Toll Gate High School to earn the Rhode Island Mock Trial Championship on Thursday, March 29. Team members are (standing L-R) Eric Tang, Declan Allio, Lauren Durkin, Catherine Sawoski, Adam Dolce. (Kneeling L-R) Mae Harrington, Caleb Radoccia. Coaches are David Schiano and Dawn Kelliher.  The national Mock Trial competition will be held in Reno, NV in May.  The organization promotes an understanding and appreciation of the American judicial system through academic competitions. The last time Wheeler won the championship was in 2006.
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  • 18 Wheelers In A Cappella Semifinals March 24

    Wheeler's performance a cappella ensemble, The 18 Wheelers, is the only RI school competing in the regional semifinals this weekend in the International Championship of High School A Cappella, to be held Saturday, March 24 at Mechanics Hall in Worcester, MA.  At the quarterfinal event in February, one of the Wheeler singers, junior Sana Iqbal of Warwick, RI, earned Outstanding Soloist Award for the song Dancing On My Own. To see the 18 Wheelers in action (marker 29:24), visit Wheeler School Broadcasting PERFORMING ARTS section (you can request a password at the link.)
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  • photo by Cape and Island

    Tennis Courts Earn Award

    Wheeler received the 2017 American Sports Builders Association Distinguished Outdoor Tennis Facility Award for its tennis courts at The Wheeler Farm in Seekonk, MA. Congrats to our partners in the project: Gale Associates, Inc., the engineers/designers, and Cape and Island Tennis & Track, the general contractors who constructed the courts. photo: Cape and Island. 
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  • Math Department Honored

    The Wheeler Math Department has been named the first Miller Fellows for Leadership In Education. The Fellowship was established by a group of generous donors in recognition of the dedication to education and in honor of the leadership, vision, and impact that Dan and Joanna Miller had on the entire Wheeler School community.

    Head of School Allison Gaines Pell said when announcing this honor, "This fall, when our administrative leadership was charged with awarding the first ever Miller Fellowships generated by the endowment, we looked to celebrate projects that are collaborative, demonstrate a commitment to innovation, and require leadership. We found that while work across the school often demonstrates these qualities, the Wheeler Math Department showed a high level of these qualities all around."
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  • February

    Wheeler teacher Ken Clauser

    Ken Clauser Is 2018 Graduation Speaker

    Wheeler is proud to announce that Spanish language teacher Ken Clauser, who is retiring from Wheeler this school year, will deliver the commencement address to the Class of 2018, their families and guests, this June 8 at The Wheeler Farm. 

    Clauser has taught Spanish for 50 years and has been a member of the Wheeler Modern Language faculty since 1981. During that time, he was Department Chair and led a committee that introduced a Chinese language program to Wheeler. He served on the Search Committees that resulted in Young Un’s appointment as Head of the Middle School, in Neeltje Henneman’s selection as Head of Upper School and in Dan Miller’s appointment as Head of School. He holds a degree in Spanish Literature from Boston College’s Graduate School and studied abroad at La Universidad de Valencia. Before teaching at Wheeler, he helped run the Cabot Street Theater, a summer theater that performed in Wheeler Hall. For more than 30 years, he has sung in the quartet at Temple Beth El and currently serves on the board that plans the fundraising event for UCAP (Urban Collaborative Accelerated Program) in Providence.
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  • January

    National Group Names Wheeler "Safe Sports School"

    As one of the few public or private schools with a full-time Athletic Trainer, the Wheeler School has earned a "First Team" ranking from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and a "Safe Sports School" award. The award champions safety and recognizes secondary schools that provide safe environments for student athletes. The award reinforces the importance of providing the best level of care, injury prevention and treatment.
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  • From the Fall Season Varsity Athletic Awards Ceremony

    Post-Season Honors Continue for Fall Warriors

    Congratulations to our players for the post-season honors that recognize our athletes with All-State and All-Division listings.  To see the entire list of these visit our Awards page here.  We have three All-State honorees in Girls Tennis and Football and will update this listing as more are named. Congrats to the athletes pictured for additional honors from the coaches and Wheeler Athletic Department. Go Wheeler!
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  • Parent Voices Featured In New Video Series

    Curious about what makes Wheeler the choice for so many families?  Listen to our parents tell their stories in this new video series.  Two videos are online now and more are coming covering every division of our Nursery - 12 grade school.

    Conversations With Parents
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  • Hamilton Life Achievement Award Announced

    Join us March 2 as we honor renowned illustrator, children's book author and dyslexic, Jerry Pinkney. Read more about this year's honoree and RSVP here.
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  • Wheeler Honors Actress Rose Weaver

    Wheeler is pleased to announce that acclaimed musician, playwright, actress and activist, Rose Weaver, has been named the 2018 Wheeler Community Spirit Award recipient. Ms. Weaver will receive the award at the annual SICA Potluck on February 9, 2018 in Madden Gym. Since 2004, the Wheeler Community Spirit Award has been presented to a Rhode Island community leader for her or his efforts on behalf of social justice and advocacy for those with fewer opportunities. For more information contact Princess Bomba, Director of Unity & Diversity at Wheeler.  Ms. Weaver's bio is below.
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