Wildwood Community School (WCS) is purposefully different. Our philosophy is guided by Charlotte Mason, an educator in the mid-1800s to early 1900s. Her ideas and methods carried on into the 1960s in some England schools. In 1984, Susan Schaeffer Macaulay's book For the Children's Sake brought Charlotte Mason into the lives of many people. Since then, Charlotte Mason's philosophy and methods have been applied successfully in schools and homeschools around the world.
Some resources that are relevant to the philosophy, policies, and procedures we implement can be found here.
See what areas we teach by visiting our Offerings page.
Information to help with your decision to enroll a child in Wildwood Community School:
Forms- WCS utilizes Forms along with grade levels. This allows us to better help the students where they are. We believe that allowing students of varied ages, along with their teachers and community members, to learn in close proximity is more natural than learning in strictly same-age peer groups. Stronger students are able to help those who struggle (peer learning), as well as allowing more advanced students move ahead without feeling out of place because of age.
Form E- pre-kindergarten to age 6
Form I- grades 1-3
Form II- grades 4-6
Form III & IV- grades 7-9
Form V & VI- grades 10-12
Homework- WCS encourages family time and strives to instill joy in students. Homework assigned in all grade levels consists of reading each night. Upper grades require more homework that allows concepts to be cemented and skills to be demonstrated.
Assessments and Grading- Assessment is a whole-child activity, not dedicated to a single test. Students are expected to be active participants in learning and it will be observable throughout the day. Teachers are cognizant of students' comprehension, skillfulness, habit development, and relationships. These are observable through students' narrations, written narrations, dictation, copywork books, compositions, drawings, diagrams, map work, and notebooks. We also have an Exam week for assessment purposes.
These observations are communicated to parents through narrative progress reports and student led parent/teacher conferences.
We do offer standardized testing to families wishing to pursue the option.
Grades are given in the upper grades only, beginning in Form IV. High school students are issued transcripts that utilize standard grading scales.
WCS is not an accredited school at this time and the transcripts received may not be accepted at higher learning institutions. WCS does plan to be accredited in the future. If this is a concern, please reach out to us and we will work through this with you.
Electronic Devices & Internet Usage- Technology is not ignored at WCS. We understand the push for more technology in schools and the workforce. We do not however allow electronic devices in every class because we understand that most of these technologies are accessible outside of school. We feel that these are often more of a distraction than educationally beneficial. Specifically, the lower grades are not permitted to have electronic devices during school time. This includes cell phones. While cell phones may be brought to school, they must be turned off and kept with the student's belongings during the day. If there is a need to reach a parent or guardian, students have access to the main office telephone.
The exception to this is when the class takes field trips or is otherwise away from the main school building. Digital cameras or cell phone cameras can be used on outings. Electronic games are not allowed.
E-readers are allowed in upper grades for reading e-books only and at the discretion of the teacher.
Internet is available at WCS and can be accessed via the computers at the discretion of faculty for educational purposes. We rather real life experiences be had over simulated experiences, such as videos or images found on the internet. We do leave the usage to the discretion of the faculty members.
Students are required to agree to and sign our Electronic Device and Internet Usage Policy when enrolled.
Hours- Our school day hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 3:25 pm.
In the future we will open the doors at 7:00 am and see the last student at 5:00 pm. This will allow for early drop off and late pick up for families that need this service. If you are interested in being notified when this is available, please join our mailing list.
Tuition & Fees- WCS strives to be an affordable option for private education. Some families may prefer a blended schooling experience, with their child attending WCS for 3 days a week and learning at home for the remaining 2 days. Our Form E students are placed into either half-day or full-day classes. We hope to offer early drop off and late pick up in the future and have included the fee for that below.
Our tuition and fees are as follows:
Form E tuition:
Half-Day Form E: $2500/yr
Full-Day Form E: $4000/yr
Blended Learning tuition:
Form E (excludes Half-Day Form E)- $2500/yr; Form I & III- $2700/yr; Form III-VI- $3000/yr
Form I & II tuition: $4500/yr
Form III-VI tuition: $5000/yr
Early Drop-Off fee: $600/yr (in addition to tuition above; not available at this time)
Late Pick-Up fee: $600/yr (in addition to tuition below; not available at this time)
We offer a discount of 10% for families that pay in full at time of registration. We also give a 20% discount for siblings.
Payments can be made on a month-to-month basis and are due the 10th of the month.
There is a non-refundable application fee of $100/student due with the enrollment form. This is due each year of enrollment.
There is an activity fee of $150/student. This pays for our field trips and activities outside of the school. Funds not utilized by the year end will be refunded at the end of the school year.
We are partnered with TRIP to help parents reduce tuition costs.
Enrollment Process- Before submitting your enrollment form(s), it is necessary to set up an appointment with the Headmaster to get acquainted and to answer any questions you may still have. When you have decided that Wildwood Community School is the right place for your child, submit your enrollment form along with the $100 fee per form.
If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to contact us via our Contact Us, or call (440) 376-9362.