To provide students a learning environment where they can develop independence, cultivate passions, and grow the skill sets needed to be successful and fulfilled in life.
WyldFlower Learning Community
WyldFlower Learning Community is a K-12 school with a foundation of democracy, creativity, curiosity, and independence. You may recognize a few of those terms and find yourself nodding your head to creativity, curiosity, and independence, but may be asking yourself, “Why democracy?” We take research seriously, and the best research suggests that people become the environment that is around them. We value creative thinkers, and curious go-getters. We also deeply value democracy and civic participation. We believe that by creating a space in which democracy lives, wonder grows unhindered and independence blossoms. Children will naturally develop into informed, active adults committed to making their community, and world, a better place to live.
“Too much of what is called ‘education’ is little more than an expensive isolation from reality.” – Thomas Sowell
By implementing best practices for whole child development, WyldFlower is an environment that immerses students into the values and experiences needed to grow into a successful adult. We are tapping into the best of Sheridan, Wyoming; from it’s community members, many field trip opportunities, to it’s breathtaking landscape and rugged terrain.
We provide mixed-age classes that breaks the conventional walls between school and the community outside. Imagine being a young child watching older students budget line items or write and present school proposals. Imagine being the older child being a set of kind and helpful hands to the younger kids. This develops into deep and genuine learning for all ages that a homogeneous age group cannot provide. We offer a broad-spectrum learning environment designed to encourage creativity, curiosity, independence and citizenship.
The learning environment is extremely important to the WyldFlower Learning Community. Our foundation grows from our roots.
Self-development, or personal development, involves intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth that allows a person to live a productive and satisfying life within their society.
Civic’s is a hands-on, daily experience at WyldFlower. Learners are engaged in an ongoing project of running a democracy. They learn the importance of community involvement, the concept of justice, and what it takes to be a citizen for a healthy democracy to operate.
To understand the delicate balance of our environment and the importance of its protection, one must fully experience and be immersed in nature, in the wild. To accomplish this we spend a significant portion of our day outside daily/weekly. Nature play significantly improves all aspects of child development – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Playing outdoors grows resilience, self-confidence, initiative, creativity and more. Immersing ourselves in our surroundings also leads to lifelong stewardship.
To take a more in depth view of our program, check out how we learn or our sampler guide.
“I pay the schoolmaster, but it is the schoolboys who educate my son.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson