Wheeling Country Day School bases its curriculum on a compilation of learning research, current theory and practice, national guidelines from content area associations, and the accumulated wisdom and creative talent of a unique, dedicated, professional faculty. The curriculum places great emphasis on appropriate academic challenges in all traditional subject areas stressing speaking, writing, and critical thinking skills. It is extremely comprehensive, centering on the acquisition and dissemination of information and the ability to independently expand upon classroom learning experiences.
In addition to the traditional subject areas, students participate in fine arts, physical education, foreign language, and technology classes. An emphasis on the fine arts has been a part of the school since its inception. Biweekly classes in art and music are highlights in the children’s experiences. Daily physical education classes enhance physical development, while the morning intramural program fosters team relationships across grade levels. Children learn to use both the library and the computer as valuable resources for information. Assembly programs provide several opportunities for the children to speak and perform in public.
Character development instruction highlighting respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, fairness, caring, and citizenship complements the academic offerings. Each teacher weaves this special program into the class’s regular curriculum.
While being part of the Wheeling Country Day School community, children prepare for an increasingly global, technological society with language and culture classes as well as technology instruction. In addition to studying Spanish and Japanese, students explore the rich cultural heritage represented by the school’s families. Special school-wide and classroom activities throughout the year expand this understanding of the relationship between self and community. At the same time, students receive computer instruction preparing them for the world’s technology and their participation in it.
Wheeling Country Day School extends its curriculum by offering students a variety of clubs that they may join. These clubs are scheduled at various times during the school day so that participating in them does not interfere with students’ after school activities.