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Wetherill School

Wetherill School is a coeducational private montessori school for students in grades Pre-K through Kindergarten.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Suburban

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Overview

Overview

Wetherill School says

Our warm and nurturing early childhood and kindergarten environments have been going strong for almost four decades. The Wetherill founders’ belief in incorporating the best practices of the research and discoveries of several early childhood educators and philosophers into a rich, diverse, creative curriculum that educates the whole child—cognitively, socially and emotionally, and physically—has been upheld since 1976.

Our state certified teachers welcome children in this first school experience and help them explore their world. Wetherill children learn through creative play using hands-on manipulative materials while learning to express themselves through many different media. Our teachers are masters of honoring children’s sense of wonder and guiding them toward self-discovery. Our secluded, peaceful location on a vast wooded property in Gladwyne provides many opportunities for outdoor exploration as well.

Curriculum

Wetherill classrooms are equipped with Montessori and other didactic materials, as well as with a range of art supplies, blocks, and other materials for dramatic play and open-ended creative expression. Children also engage in real-life activities such as cooking and gardening. The curriculum is prepared in a systematic fashion that encourages each child to explore and create at his or her own level of development, gradually refining concepts and perfecting skills.

We nurture the creative, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each child both indoors and out through a wide variety of hands-on experiences. Nature study with a specialist from Riverbend Environmental Education Center, small group instruction in Music and Creative Movement, Foreign Language, and special enrichment programs and field trips for Kindergarten students supplement the program.

At Wetherill, we recognize that the needs of the young child are best served through close cooperation between parents and teachers. Regular conferences, open observations, use of parent expertise in the classrooms, and parent-run school events all contribute to the school’s family feeling. We also encourage active interchange among parents, staff, and professionals in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Student Life Information

The Wetherill School is a non-denominational not-for-profit preschool/kindergarten in the suburban Main Line neighborhood of Philadelphia. The school combines the best of the Montessori philosophy and Method with best practices in early childhood education. Ideas from the Reggio Emilia Schools in Italy are also used at our small, nurturing, eclectic preschool. With only three classrooms, our school provides a home-like warm place for children to have their first school experience.

Finance

Finance

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.

Admissions

Admissions
Phone
  (610) 649-2299
Email
  wether@netscape.com

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 68
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 44
Kindergarten 24

Wetherill School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Wetherill School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 15 : 1
Gender 44% Male / 56% Female
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 34%
Black or African American 5%
Asian 1%

Extracurriculars

The Wetherill School offers a variety of after school programs throughout the year. ARTivities is a class that combines visual, creative, and performing arts (drama, movement, dance) in a one-hour class for 8-week sessions in the fall, winter, and spring. Classes are for children ages 4-6. These are led by two of our teachers with special backgrounds in the arts. Registration forms for these classes are available by contacting info@wetherillschool.org. Two independent sports programs also offer classes on the school property outdoors. A coach from Young Sports of Wayne, PA conduct an outdoor 45 minute all sports class in the fall and spring, dependent upon weather conditions. Children are introduced to a different sport each week. Registration forms for these classes are available by contacting info@wetherillschool.org. Soccer Shots conducts 30 minute after school soccer classes for children ages 3-6 in the fall and spring dependent upon weather. Soccer Shots is the leader in youth soccer development for children ages 2-8. With over 160 locations across North America, we are focused on positively impacting children’s lives and the communities we serve. Registration is directly through the Soccer Shots website.

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