The Wesley School is a non-public school licensed by the Maryland State Dept of Education that follows guidelines for English language arts (ELA) as well as for literacy in history/social studies, science, and technical subjects. Our approach to teaching stresses critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills that are required for success in college, career, and life.
We are pending certification for grades 3rd - 8th for 2021. We offer a unique approach that combines the best of what educators know about child development along with what Methodists know about spiritual growth.
Together, we believe we have created a community of grace and academic rigor.
Humans are not meant to live in isolation, so for us at the Wesley School, learning to be "in community" means students learn best when they understand themselves as part of a caring community shaped by principles of respect and grace.
Our Curriculum is developmentally appropriate and encourages critical and creative thinking, It is academically challenging while at the same time flexible in understanding the neurological differences of the human mind. By working with the unique learning profiles of each student, we assure they master the knowledge, gain confidence in learning, and improve their skills in each area: Literacy, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Technology, Engineering and the Arts.
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"The Wesley School is an inclusive and welcoming school,
where the whole child is valued, relationships cultivated,
and diversity is recognized and respected."
Our school is named after Susanna Wesley, often called the Mother of Methodism, who raised her 10 children in a unique way for her time: she taught each of them at home (including the girls) to read, write, reason, and grow in love of God and neighbor. Two of her sons, John and Charles, went on to start the movement of Methodism which is known for putting faith into action, serving the poor, building schools and founding hospitals around the world.
Our Philosophy - Do All The Good You Can
Our philosophy is that every child is born with the desire and capacity to learn, but not every child is hard-wired to learn by the same method. The Wesley School believes in the transformative growth that results from a classroom community that celebrates multiple learning styles and teaches how to communicate across our differences. We are all different.. and we learn from each other.
Seeking to "do all the good you can" is the core value of our school that translates into understanding, respect, social responsibility, honesty, and kindness.
Our Approach to Learning
The Wesley School approach is discovery-based, engaging, and cognitively enriching. We follow the educational standards and set learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. Our approach works within an integrated and inquiry based, constructivist paradigm of teaching and learning. We know that children construct their own understanding and knowledge of the world through their experiences: asking questions, exploring and assessing what they know. By grades 3rd and up, this paradigm is presented age-appropriately, through four, inter-related practices:
Systematic knowledge and skills instruction
Activities which employ those skills to solve problems in real-life application
Child-led projects which investigate and explore topics deeply, integrating a range of subject areas, and providing opportunities for children to transfer the skills bank they have built up, across their projects
Project presentation, Celebration, and Assessment for Learning (across all 4 practices)
Is this A Religious School?
Religion classes are not a component of our daily curriculum, although we celebrate holidays and study cultures and religious practices. We hope that every child will have a faith community, as a part of their upbringing but we do not impose a doctrine or require a signed statement of faith from families. We seek partnerships with all churches who have an interest in financially supporting children to attend.
Many have asked "Is it a religious school?" Not really. We accept persons regardless of race, creed, or faith tradition. Because we are an outreach of the church, those enrolled from United Methodist or partner church affiliation are given preference during times when classes are full.
We offer after school programs such as Kids Bible Academy, led by Rev. Faith Wilkerson, and extracurricular religious events such as Christmas programs, Easter egg hunts, and youth ministry events with area churches.
Our Roots in Methodism
Seeking to "do all the good you can" an early motto of the Methodist movement is at the core of our school’s values.
"A hallmark of John Wesley's approach to Christian living was his call to ‘put faith and love into practice.' Our school is an expression of faith and love: a classroom community formed to affirm the dignity of every child, lay a moral foundation of critical and creative thinking and teach children how to listen, share and communicate across our differences.
The Unique Wesley Approach
A central theme of our time together is celebration of what we learn from each other. The Wesley approach values the transformative growth that a classroom provides in raising children who will one day accept a faith for themselves.