Second Grade

Wheeling Country Day School offers Second Grade for children six and seven years old. Students in Second Grade are ready to work in a more independent way with careful guidance by their teachers.

The second grade language arts program is based upon a rich variety of themes, integrating learning in several content areas. The children continue to write in journals and expand their writing experiences in other content areas. 

A special feature of the second grade language arts curriculum is the yearlong poetry study. The children study poetry in many forms and memorize and recite a variety of poems during the year.

The mathematics program, with emphasis on problem solving and analytical thinking, includes advanced concept development in addition and subtraction, an introduction to multiplication, as well as further extension in geometry, estimation, fractions, time, money, measuring, and word problems. The children continue to explore mathematical concepts through hands-on activities, traditional paper-and-pencil exercises, and math journaling. Through the major themes introduced in language arts, the students explore the interrelatedness of mathematics and the everyday world.

Social studies and science are also often connected to the major themes. This allows the children to explore a topic in great depth. Children learn to apply knowledge gained in one area to many new experiences. The social studies curriculum includes map skills and expands on the concept of community to include the global community. Science classes focus on enhancing process and experimental skills in topics that include animal habitats, ecology, plants, light and sound, and weather.

Language Arts and Writing

The students work on various language arts skills, including phonics, grammar, and persuasive writing. They practice identifying different sounds and spellings, learn about transition words to enhance their writing flow, and delve into persuasive writing, expressing their opinions and supporting them with reasons. These activities aim to strengthen their language and writing abilities.

Creative & Skill-Based Courses

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.

Math and Measurement

In math, the students delve into concepts of fractions and measuring. They engage in hands-on activities like building catapults from popsicle sticks and launching mini marshmallows to test their contraptions. These experiences allow them to apply their knowledge of fractions and measurement while having fun and fostering collaboration.

An Emphasis on Character Development

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.

Deep Dive and Science

The deep dive topic for this period is animal adaptations. The students explore the animal kingdom, learning about different adaptations animals have developed to survive in their respective environments. They dissect seeds, study their parts with magnifying glasses, and embark on a journey of understanding the importance of adaptation in the natural world.

Technology & Culture

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. 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.

Community Engagement

The students actively participate in community engagement activities. They visit a retirement home to deliver cards, spreading joy to the residents, and take a trip to the local animal shelter to donate pet supplies. These experiences encourage empathy, kindness, and a sense of responsibility towards others and the community.

Second Grade Teachers & Staff

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Carly Wilson

Second Grade
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Laura Demarest

Second Grade/Edge

Before & Aftercare Programs

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.

Tutoring & Multisensory Learning

Edge at Wheeling Country Day School is an on-campus instruction center for students with language-based learning differences. 

Third Grade

For students ready to graduate from Second Grade, Wheeling Country Day School offers exceptional Third Grade education.  

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the school ensure effective parent-teacher communication?

Wheeling Country Day School prioritizes parent-teacher communication by providing regular updates through emails, newsletters, and online platforms. Teachers also encourage open lines of communication through scheduled parent-teacher conferences and are available to address any concerns or questions parents may have.

How does Wheeling Country Day School support the academic and social development of second-grade students?

Wheeling Country Day School provides a comprehensive program that supports the academic and social development of second-grade students. The curriculum is designed to foster critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and a love for learning. Additionally, teachers promote a positive and inclusive classroom environment, encouraging collaboration, empathy, and the development of social skills through various group activities and projects.

What resources or support does the school provide to assist parents in supporting their child's education?

Wheeling Country Day School recognizes the importance of parental involvement in supporting a child’s education. The school offers resources such as parent guides, educational workshops, and access to online platforms for parents to stay informed and actively participate in their child’s learning. Additionally, teachers are readily available to offer guidance and support to parents seeking assistance in areas related to their child’s education.

What measures does the school have in place to ensure the safety of students?

The safety of students is a top priority at Wheeling Country Day School. The school maintains a secure campus with controlled access, employs trained staff to oversee student safety, and conducts regular safety drills to prepare for emergencies. Additionally, the school implements protocols for student pick-up and drop-off, ensuring a safe and organized process.


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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. 

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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. 

Diversity Statement

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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.

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