Our Roots in Methodism
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.
Faith & Love in Practice
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.
In our Upper School grades, children receive their third grade bibles and begin weekly Biblical instruction. The goal of The Wesley Upper School is to provide a highly academic curriculum in a developmentally appropriate, Christian classroom that promotes biblical literacy, faith formation and service to others for grades 3rd - 6th. This school is located in Shady Side, Maryland at Centenary United Methodist Church.
The 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 can accept the faith for themselves.
Families who hold membership in United Methodist congregations are encouraged to ask for financial support from their local church to make The Wesley education possible.
Is this a Religious School?
Daily religious instruction is not a component of the curriculum until grades 3+ at The Upper School. Religious and faith based concepts are discussed and presented throughout the school.
Many have asked "Is it a Christian school?" We hold chapel services weekly , celebrate the Christian holidays and pray before mealtime - but we do not require families to sign a statement of faith or hold membership in a particular faith community to enroll. We accept persons regardless of race, creed, or faith tradition. Students with a United Methodist or partner church affiliation are given preference during times when classes are full.
After school programs such as Kids Bible Academy for children in the community and the school are offered through out the year.
Do All the Good You Can. In All the Ways You Can.
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.