Whimselthwaite school recruits students who are brave, kind, voracious, resourceful, intriguing, imaginative, and tenacious.  

They are the reason we do what we do.  

School should inspire children, emancipate them.  

Kids already love to learn and we are determined to preserve that love.

Admissions Process

      Interested families should submit the application below.  From the pool of applicants, the governess will select students for interviews.  Parents will be interviewed first.  Students will have the chance to meet one another.  The governess grants acceptance to those with the most potential to thrive, and remaining applicants are selected for the waiting list until another placement becomes available.  


Student Name/[s] (list all applicants if applicable) *
Student Name/[s] (list all applicants if applicable)
Parent Name
Parent Name
Phone *
Desired Start Date
Desired Start Date

The Interview

      The first  interview will take place between the parent[s] of the applicant and Anita Fairbanks, Governess and Dean of Whimselthwaite.  Once this preliminary step is complete, we will arrange an appointment to interview the student.  The interview will be play-based, and the other enrolled students will be present so that class dynamic can evaluated.  Parents are welcome to attend the student interview.  After interviews, a selection will be made.  Call at 901-550-5671 with any questions.  

Whimselthwaite School

Bend, OR 97702

If you are a student you should always get a good nights sleep unless you have come to the good part of your book, and then you should stay up all night and let your schoolwork fall by the wayside, a phrase which here means ‘flunk’.
— Lemony Snicket, in The Austere Academy