Prospective Families

Lower Grades
Upcoming tour dates for Pre-K
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January 11th 10:30 AM
January 18th  10:30 AM
January 25th 10:30 AM
February 1st  10:30 AM
February 8th 10:30 AM
February 15th 10:30 AM

Please call (212)-781-0524 to sign up!

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Goals
At our school, each child’s natural wonder about their world is developed through engaging and challenging learning experiences provided in the context of a caring community of adults and children. All children continue to develop their skills as observers, communicators, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers and friends that help them flourish as bi-literate and bilingual individuals and as active, compassionate citizens in our communities.

Lower Grades Program Overview

Expeditionary Learning

WHEELS Elementary will implement the Expeditionary Learning (EL) model, which challenges students of all ability levels with high-level tasks and active roles in the classroom. Students engage in real world interdisciplinary studies called learning expeditions designed to develop academic skills, critical thinking, problem solving, and deep knowledge of content. In EL classrooms:

Learning is active. Students are scientists, urban planners, historians, and activists, investigating real community problems and collaborating with peers to develop creative, actionable solutions.
Learning is challenging. Students at all levels are pushed and supported to do more than they think they can. Excellence is expected in the quality of their work and thinking.
Learning is meaningful. Students apply their skills and knowledge to real-world issues and problems and make positive change in their communities. They see the relevance of their learning and are motivated by understanding that learning has purpose.
Learning is public. Through formal structures of presentation, exhibition, critique, and data analysis, students and teachers build a shared vision of pathways to achievement.
Learning is collaborative. School leaders, teachers, students, and families share rigorous expectations for quality work, achievement, and behavior. Trust, respect, responsibility, and joy in learning permeate the school culture.

Dual Language:

The dual-language program at the school is a bilingual program that integrates English-Language Learners (ELLs) who are Spanish dominant with Spanish Language Learners (SLLs) who are English dominant. This mix of students allows for the linguistically diverse class to work with each other to learn in a second language. After six years in a dual language program, students will become bi-literate and bilingual in both Spanish and English, students will achieve a greater understanding for multicultural differences and norms, and students will achieve a higher understanding of linguistic skills and knowledge.

Community & Culture

At WHEELS, student learning and school culture are interwoven. Using the Expeditionary Learning design principles as our guide, students will learn to understand and honor their own strengths and needs, as well as those of other children and adults in our school community.

We believe that focus on a social curriculum is both necessary and reflected in the success of our academic curriculum. Children and teachers approach their work with enthusiasm and purpose, which is possible when members of the school community are inclusive, respectful and caring.