Wheeling Country Day School offers senior kindergarten for children five and six years old. Learning is done through open explorations and discovery with topics driven from the interests of the children.
Senior kindergarten provides a strong foundation from which each student can grow to become a lifelong learner. As a Reggio-inspired program, learning is done through open explorations and discovery with topics driven from the interests of the children.
With a focus on collaboration and communication, students are encouraged to investigate and reflect on their own learning processes. Documentation of such processes gives value to the many languages our students use to gain new knowledge. The classroom acts as a “third teacher” and is often extended outdoors. We strive to feed the innate curiosity of each child so that they can grow to their fullest potential as learners.
Wheeling Country Day School’s senior kindergarten program focuses on the child within the learner. It is an engaging centers-based curriculum that matches the way children develop and learn, meeting their personal learning needs in a hands-on and nurturing environment.
Children need time for fantasy and spontaneous play. Therefore, the classrooms invite pretending and storytelling, which provide the most fertile ground for language growth, both contextual and semantic.
In addition, the campus layout allows children to be active and to follow their natural sense of wonder. They play and learn in nature with found objects that inspire creativity.
Far from curriculum in a box, the program allows the teachers to take their cues from their students, and then actively guide and encourage their curiosity, intellectual strengths, and above-average skills.
Our before and aftercare programs are designed to help the student and the parent. Drop your students off early or pick them up a bit later and feel comfortable knowing they are safe and still learning.
Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences.
For students ready to graduate from Senior Kindergarten, Wheeling Country Day School offers elementary school for first graders.
Applying online is easy with WCDS. Complete and submit your online application. This application confirms your interest and prompts the school’s consideration of your child. You can download and submit the records release form if your child currently attends kindergarten or above.
The school takes great pride in the fact that the Head of School meets with each family to engage in a mission/philosophy conversation. Admissions Events offer this group opportunity or you can contact the Admissions Office for special arrangements.
Experience WCDS by coming to the campus for an age-appropriate visit with faculty and peers.
WCDS seeks to purposefully build an environment that reflects and honors diversity. We honor the dignity of every human being, and we respect and value differences including but not limited to socioeconomics, race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, and family composition. Our community is committed to ongoing dialogue, education, and reflection to develop understanding and inclusion of every member.
Observe our curious and engaged students and teachers in their classrooms and throughout our spacious campus with its grass playing field, classroom courtyard, and outdoor amphitheater. Sit in on classes that give great attention to a curriculum that matches the optimum times for learning within a child’s first ten years.