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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-

Applying

Application Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$60
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$37,900
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
25%
Average Financial Aid
From The Wheeler School

The Wheeler School was founded in Providence, RI, in 1889 by Mary C. Wheeler, an artist, educator, and activist with an innovative vision: craft an educational experience grounded in students’ curiosity and passions, combine academic pursuit with hands-on experience, and live out a shared belief that they could make the world a better place.

This vibrant vision of what education should look and feel like remains the core of our approach today, and is, perhaps, more relevant today than it was more than a century ago.

From campuses in Providence and Seekonk, we give students in grades Nursery - 12 the opportunity to learn by doing and collaborating, to explore new interests and grow in their passions, to build their self-awareness and confidence through leadership and service, and to develop the critical thinking and skills they need to be thoughtful, curious, and contributing citizens of the world. In short, we live our Mission: To learn our powers and be answerable for their use.

The Wheeler School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1330
91 responses
Average ACT
31
47 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
93%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
93%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 61 responses
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  • Holiday festival
    23%
  • Field Day
    21%
  • September Fest
    13%
  • Farm Program
    13%
  • Unity and Diversity Day
    8%
  • Winter Ball
    7%
  • Aerie events in the Lower School
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    B
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    768
    86%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    3
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day
      Yes

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.20 responses
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.20 responses
    Poll
    75%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.20 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
    83%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
    Living in the Area
    A
    Overall Niche Grade
    How are grades calculated?
    1. Cost of Living
      C-
    2. Good for Families
      B+
    3. Housing
      D+
    Median Household Income
    $63,320
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,329
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $585,808
    National
    $184,700

    The Wheeler School Reviews

    72 reviews
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    Bullying is a huge issue that the administration overlooks constantly. They will do anything to keep money flowing in even letting bullies stay if they have rich parents. Bullying offences are often overlooked if the student is wealthy and can pay full tuition. Wealthy, white, privileged students often have such entitlement that they can evade any punishments, and they often do. While I was a student there were many instances of bullying that I saw reported to administration that were entirely overlooked. I know of a few instances where a bullied student has left the school entirely because of administrations inaction and blatant disregard for that students welfare. They prize money over qualified students who work hard for the school. If you are wealthy at Wheeler, you will undoubtedly succeed. If you are not wealthy, you will likely be exploited for the diversity you bring to the school and then disregarded when you are in need of assistance.
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    I was a student there for four years, and eagerly left. The student population was shallow and petty, but self-congratulatory for their "incredible diversity" and "unity". It was an enclosed bubble of white privilege that refused to admit it was such and aggressively denied its privileged status. Minorities were exploited to better the image of the school as a welcoming, diverse safe haven, while their needs were entirely disregarded by the people claiming to support and protect them. Wheeler does nothing to challenge the views of its students or educate in a way that is self-reflective, and instead relies on the assured comfort of its students to rake in cash year after year. I do not recommend Wheeler for any young person wishing to develop strong analytical skills, an understanding of the diverse world we live in, or have an education that challenges their views and forces them to see things from multiple perspectives.
    The school offers a very rigorous academic experience that in my opinion is excessive. Yes, the school prepares them for college but at what cost. Many students at the school are stressed and overwhelmed with the amount of over the top academic load.

    Furthermore, the school can develop a more holistic approach to every student so that they can be successful in all areas of their lives, instead of just academics. The diversity in the school has grown but not to the point where students of color feel empowered. There is a big gap between those who have and those who don't and the school doesn't do a good job in the social/emotional care of students in this regard.