Hello prospective WIDE family!
My name is Cheryl, I am a parent at WIDE and head of the Parent Engagement Group (PEG). My family has had the privilege of being part of the WIDE educational experience for the past 12 years. I have a son who is in 11th grade and a daughter in 8th grade at WIDE. They both started in the preschool program at WIDE.
I am passionate about helping parents determine if our school is the right model for their family and what they have been searching for.
Like so many other important decisions we make for our children, we must research!
We have compiled the below resources that are critical to better understanding our model.
All families interested in coming to WIDE, both for pre-school or elementary-high school, are required to read/watch the 5 items below. Middle and High School Families are also required to read this page on our website. Our Middle and High School program involves many exciting real world experiences, including dual credit college classes and internships.
Below you will find more supplemental information for Pre-School and Elementary-High School Parents. Please take the time to read through as much as possible. In many ways, being a family at WIDE requires a re-education and paradigm shift of everything we know education to be.
We do appreciate this is a hefty amount of information to process. Being a parent at WIDE will continually require your commitment to spending the necessary amount of time and energy to create a supporting and enriching community.
We require parents to attend in-person meetings, read through several weekly communications, and maintain open and healthy communication with the teaching team and the community at WIDE.
Lastly, we value transparency and we want families to know upfront that our educators do not have specialized training for children with learning differences and being a small school, we do not offer specialized support/therapies. Due to the nature of project based learning, our classrooms are often louder, have more distractions, and children often work in small groups without following specific directions to create a product but rather they spend considerable time collaborating and finding solutions. Students at WIDE need to be able to work independently in groups, have overall well developed communication skills and general motivation to partake in group work. If your child needs more one-on-one instruction and/or does better in quiet, well structured classrooms, we have seen that our model can be overwhelming for those students. Our goal is to help parents navigate the decision if WIDE is the model of education you want for your child and if this model will be a good fit for your family.
Ready to take the next step?
Please take your time in reading through all the information provided above. We cannot stress this importance enough. After doing so, please email Celia, our Office Manager, regarding: enrollment, tuition, and availability at: [email protected]
Next, please email me with the Parent Engagement Group, at [email protected] with your child’s age/grade level to find out when the next group tour will be offered.
Pre-School Parents – in addition to the required information, the below links will further help you understand how the learning happens in our school:
Elementary through High School Parents – in addition to the required information, the below links will help you understand how the learning happens in our school: