The Wheeler School Reviews
The environment is extremely welcoming and each student is allowed to explore many subjects and activities.
I came to wheeler as a freshman and loved it instantly. I went to a public school berforehand and felt as if I stuck out. The teachers really do care about all of the students and you can always meet with them if you need to. There is a huge variety of classes you can take and an enourmous amount of opportunities. If wheeler doesn’t fit your needs, no school will. My only complaint is the Unity and diversity classes. They are required class for grades 7, 9, and 11. It really isn’t a necessary class.
I could have written the “wheeler rat lab” review, I was floored because we had the exact same experience right down to the neuro testing, medication pushing and expensive tutoring by the wheeler staff. What started in K as a nice experience quickly turned negative starting in FIRST grade ( our child was 6) with the teacher telling us we should get child tested. Many tests later, an insane amount of money, ridiculous tutoring and my child feeling so stupid and labeled resulted in us running far away in middle school. Our child is now in public school doing wonderfully, no sign of anything wrong, no medication whatsoever, and thriving in honors classes. Any school that pushes $2,000 testing and ADD meds be very wary. What they want at wheeler is to have a bunch of clones who make them look good, there is no room for your average kid there. Beware, they really did a number on us.
I have loved my experience at wheeler since I came in sixth grade. I have made a lot of friends and was able to explore everything I've wanted to. I am currently taking a graphic design class at the school and it has allowed me to explore a potential career option.
Wheeler is the best decision I could have made for my 5th grade son! The academics are rigorous but not exhausting. The teachers are enthusiastic and many have Ivy League credentials. The campus is beyond beautiful and there is a great sense of community that I have never seen before in a school. There is a program for a wide variety of interest. I also find the students at Wheeler to be more down to earth and grounded. There is no pretentious vibe that is definitely seen at the neighboring schools.
The lower school should be re-named the Wheeler School Rat Laboratory. At least 55% of students are required to take a neuro-psych test which basically assesses your child's learning profile and costs at least 2k which your insurance will likely not cover.....Your child will likely be recommended to be put on ADD drugs, and/or forced into "required" tutoring 2x/week at $70/session. If you are actually paying full tuition you will be given absolutely NO appreciation and forced to pay even more in "required" tutoring which your child probably doesn't actually need. Your chances of success will be increased in your are LBGQT or an ethnic minority otherwise don't even bother with the lower school....
Wheeler has been the most incredible experience for me. I hope I am in a position once I have my own family to provide my children this special opportunity.
Teachers are dedicated to the success of students. They willingly come in early or stay after in order to help students and will not only go over what was learned in class but come up with creative ways to teach or implement a curriculum. Teachers are overall flexible with students and understands when students feel the need to move an exam or quiz. Overall, I felt like prepared to take on college, the lifestyle and the level of difficulty.
This is my first year attending The Wheeler School, and I still can't believe I go here. To succeed at Wheeler you must be willing to put forth nothing but your best. I personally feel Wheeler has molded me into an even better student. I have learned so many new concepts in such a short amount of time, and I can truly say, I love learning due to my wonder teachers. Wheeler has so much to offer, clearly the academics are off the chart, but also, they have good sports teams, the arts, and so many clubs to choose from. I feel if you're blessed enough to consider sending/attending the Wheeler School I would say go for it, you won't regret it. Everyone is welcoming, kind and hardworking. And if that is the mantality you like, Wheeler is for you.
Wheeler is really good at what it is supposed to do, teach. Throughout my time there however, I didn’t feel totally connected to the school because I wasn’t super involved in politics and I am not a “diverse” student. I wouldn’t go anywhere else because of what I have learned from the community in my 9 years at Wheeler but I would definitely do it differently if I went through it again.
It has such a home-like feel to it and everyone makes you feel very comfortable. I have felt very safe and comfortable here and I don't know how to describe it to someone who hasn't gone here, but it literally feels like a second home. The freedom we have and the way everyone just wants you as an individual to be happy is the BEST!
The Aerie program at Wheeler lets students take courses in any subject they want. The college prep is top notch, teachers are great, and there are many clubs/activities.
An outstanding school. The teachers and administration have really gotten to know my children well, and truly seem to care about each child as an individual. They take pride in their community and strong academics. They model and expect good manners and respect for one another, and they don't tolerate disruptive students. There are no special privileges for being affluent; the poorest kids are treated and educated as well as the wealthiest ones. Administration and teachers are accessible, generous and approachable. We are so glad our children are here after a terrible few years at the other school up the road. This school is amazing!
I wouldn't trade the education I received, but there are a lot of unseen politics that tend to get in the way. Nothing is cut and dry.
Wheeler has truly turned me into the person I am today. If I had never come to Wheeler, I wouldn't be nearly as motivated, passionate about learning, and self-confident. I love everything about it and could not imagine spending the last 10 years of my life anywhere else.
This is an exemplary educational school that truly cares about all their students extending into post graduation.
Wheeler School is a vibrant community of students and teachers whom are eager to learn and achieve. There are boundless resources for students to take advantage of. Absolutely fantastic school.