Our Program

Our Program

Wilderland's daily schedule is inspired by Forest Schools, Acton Academy, Montessori schools, as well as the freedom-based philosophy of Sudbury Valley School. Also check out our four-season academic calendar →

Mon-Thu

8:30-9:00

Morning Circle

Socratic Discussions
Mindfulness Exercises
Physical Education
Design Thinking
Media Analyses

8:30-9:00

Morning Circle

Socratic Discussions
Mindfulness Exercises
Physical Education
Design Thinking
Media Analyses

9:00-12:00

Self-Directed Core Academics & Quests

Mathematics
Literacy/English/Language Arts
Hands-on Exploration of Manipulatives & Didactics
1:1 and Small-Group Tutoring
Independent Projects
Deliberate Practice
Technology

9:00-12:00

Self-Directed Core Academics & Quests

Writing Exercises
Physical Education
Nature Walks
Environmental Education
Science Experiments
Captain's Council
Socratic Discussions
Role Plays
Design Thinking
Media Analyses
Art Classes

9:00-12:00

Guide-Supervised Outdoor Time

Mathematics
Literacy/English/Language Arts
Hands-on Exploration of Manipulatives & Didactics
1:1 and Small-Group Tutoring
Independent Projects
Deliberate Practice
Technology

12:00-12:30

Lunch

[Part-time Farm & Forest students join in]
Communal Mealtime

12:00-12:30

Lunch

[Part-time Farm & Forest students join in]
Communal Mealtime

12:30-1:30

12:30-1:30

1:30-3:00

Guide-Led Experiences

Forest Walks
Environmental Education
Farm Experiences
Science Experiments
Elective Classes
Handcrafting with Tools
Arts, Crafts, & Pottery

1:30-3:00

Guide-Led Experiences

1:30-3:00

Guide-Led Experiences

Forest Walks
Environmental Education
Farm Experiences
Science Experiments
Elective Classes
Handcrafting with Tools
Arts, Crafts, & Pottery

3:00-3:30

Close of the Day

Clean & Restore Wilderland
Individual Duties

3:00-3:30

Clean Up/Free Time

Clean & Restore Wilderland
Individual Duties

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In the first few weeks of each term, students will set goals for themselves for all of these activities, to ensure they are intentional in this learner-driven, freedom-based model.

Fri

8:30-9:00

Morning Circle

Socratic Discussions
Mindfulness Exercises
Physical Education
Design Thinking
Media Analyses

8:30-9:00

Morning Circle

Student's Choice

9:00-11:00

Self-Directed Core Academics & Quests

Mathematics
Literacy/English/Language Arts
Hands-on Exploration of Manipulatives & Didactics
1:1 and Small-Group Tutoring
Independent Projects
Deliberate Practice
Technology

9:00-11:00

Self-Directed Core Academics & Quests

Mathematics
Literacy/English/Language Arts
Hands-on Exploration of Manipulatives & Didactics
1:1 and Small-Group Tutoring
Independent Projects
Deliberate Practice
Technology

11:00-12:00

Guide-Led Experiences

Group Projects
Forest Walks
Environmental Education
Farm Experiences
Science Experiments
Elective Classes
Handcrafting with Tools
Arts, Crafts, & Pottery

11:00-12:00

Guide-Led Experiences

Group Projects
Forest Walks
Environmental Education
Farm Experiences
Science Experiments
Elective Classes
Handcrafting with Tools
Arts, Crafts, & Pottery

12:00-12:30

Lunch

Communal Mealtime

12:00-12:30

Lunch

Partnering with Local Institutions & Volunteers

12:30-1:00

Close of the Day

Clean & Restore Wilderland
Individual Duties

12:30-1:00

Close of the Day

Clean & Restore Wilderland
Individual Duties

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We also plan to make children’s progress visible to families through a digital kanban board where students report projects and goals in flight, completed, and up next.

Other Core Aspects of Our Educational Structure

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Certifications

To ensure a child-safe learning environment, students are given different levels of access and privileges based on their maturity, skillset, and knowledge. Students must undergo safety trainings to be certified in a variety of different privileges.

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Certifications

To ensure a child-safe learning environment, students are given different levels of access and privileges based on their maturity, skillset, and knowledge. Students must undergo safety trainings to be certified in a variety of different privileges.

🎟️

Certifications

To ensure a child-safe learning environment, students are given different levels of access and privileges based on their maturity, skillset, and knowledge. Students must undergo safety trainings to be certified in a variety of different privileges.

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Journeys

"Freedom, with guidance and guardrails" is perhaps the most concise way to explain Wilderland's approach to self-directed education. To help provide that guidance, Wilderland features its own set of gamified goalposts to celebrate students reaching milestones. These are all optional tracks to provide ideas and direction to a student's course of study.

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Journeys

"Freedom, with guidance and guardrails" is perhaps the most concise way to explain Wilderland's approach to self-directed education. To help provide that guidance, Wilderland features its own set of gamified goalposts to celebrate students reaching milestones. These are all optional tracks to provide ideas and direction to a student's course of study.

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Journeys

"Freedom, with guidance and guardrails" is perhaps the most concise way to explain Wilderland's approach to self-directed education. To help provide that guidance, Wilderland features its own set of gamified goalposts to celebrate students reaching milestones. These are all optional tracks to provide ideas and direction to a student's course of study.

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For information on tuition costs and scholarship options, check out our tuition page.