Why Wye

Why should you consider Wye River Upper School? Because of the transformation that occurs here. Because of how Wye River changes the trajectory of their lives.

Before coming to Wye River the experience of many students looks something like this:

  • They’re struggling to learn, often in large schools where classes are so big that even if their teachers want to help, they don’t have the time to do so.

  • Some get lost in special education classes, where instruction and expectations are totally out of sync with their abilities. Stigmas get attached, perpetuating a vicious circle.

  • They may have difficulty making good friends. Their abilities are misperceived. It’s not uncommon for them to be ostracized or bullied by peers.

  • They get frustrated. They feel like they’ve run out of options. Anxiety builds and sadness may set in.

At Wye River, things change for the student and for their family:

  • Students learn in classes of 6 to 8 students on average led by teachers who have the time, the expertise, and the desire to help them learn.

  • Their strengths and talents are celebrated and they begin working toward their full potential. Students gain a clear understanding of their needs, and learn how to advocate for themselves as well as work towards solutions.

  • They experience an atmosphere of mutual support because students understand the kinds of challenges that each of them have faced. They open up and make friends. They build strong relationships with their peers and with teachers and staff.

  • They come to believe in themselves and what they’re capable of accomplishing. They gain the tools to succeed, and the motivation to want to succeed.

  • Happy students make for happy families. Parents no longer dread a phone call from the school. Teachers and staff will even call home to share “good news” about student growth and progress.

Giving young people the platform to transform their lives: that’s Why Wye.