“No one slips through the cracks here. We have phenomenal teachers, small class sizes and a wealth of special area classes, providing a rich education for all grade levels. Having taught in the public schools for 14 years (most recently in the Park Cities), I can tell you that as a teacher I am able to take my students farther and provide them with more in this setting than any other classroom setting I’ve experienced. Because of our small class sizes, I’m able to truly know my students and teach them effectively.”
—Lori Cousino, Wesley Prep Fourth Grade Teacher
Research has shown that smaller class size during the early years provides great rewards in learning. In the preschool, when loving contact and nurturing attention is so important, our ratios are as low as 7:1 and only go up to 14:1 with our oldest preschoolers. In the elementary program, we do not go larger than 15:1 due to the importance of small class size and its relationship to quality teacher/student interactions.
Relative to most private schools in the city, we are a small school. With fewer than 450 students in the whole school, we know our students and have relationships with their families. We are purposeful in our size and are able to take the classroom out into the real world. We take a three-day trip to Austin with our fourth graders when they are studying Texas History and take the fifth graders to Camp Classen to learn amazing things about our environment. Our sixth graders spend a week in California experiencing hands-on activities that reflect topics learned in the classroom. We bring learning to life and have fun doing it.
Having smaller classes allows teachers to form relationships and provide a more individualized approach to learning. Our teachers design creative and personal lessons that spark the interest of students. They can individualize for remediation and acceleration to capitalize on student needs.
On any given day, our students will be working cooperatively, individually, and with the teacher. This allows students to work not only on academics but also on important elements such as teamwork, social interactions, and cooperation.
We believe experiential learning is essential. To reinforce classroom learning, we provide students with the experience of learning about science in the classroom and in the environment. Here are some real-life experiences at Wesley Prep:
- Primer and First Grade classes study about communities and then design one.
- Second Grade incubates and hatches baby chicks as part of their study on Life Cycle.
- Third Grade students visit the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Fort Worth while studying Economics and the iFLY Indoor Skydiving Center while studying the concepts of matter and gravity.
- Fourth Graders culminate a year’s study on Texas by visiting historical sites in San Antonio and government agencies in Austin.
- Fifth Graders travel to Camp Classen in Oklahoma to conduct experiments in life cycle, water cycle, ecology, and habitat.
- Sixth Grade students investigate hands-on marine science, robotic, and maritime history programs through the Ocean Institute in California.
Each grade level is filled with exciting experiences to ensure that students can connect the importance of learning in the classroom. The optimal sizes of our classes open up the opportunities to engage firsthand, and the possibilities for great learning are endless at Wesley Prep.