Our full-time calendar integrates extracurriculars and is tailored to the parents. 

School & after-care, all in one place

        To accommodate family schedules, Whimselthwaite School conveniently offers before- and after-care, which results in a more leisurely school day and includes ample amounts of unstructured play (recess) and extracurricular activities such as music lessons, athletics, art classes, and field trips. 


       Time for homework after Whimselthwaite School’s hours is not necessary, since instruction hours give the student an adequate allowance to accomplish their work either independently or with the assistance of the governess.  Only on rare occasions will assignments be sent home, leaving students’ evenings free for family and personal time. 

You decide when school's in session

          A school week, on average, consists of 35 hours a week of instruction and up to 10 hours a week of before- and after- care.  We meet 215 days per calendar year.  The 12-month calendar is flexible, keeping 173 days designated for instruction and 42 days designated for play (i.e., “summer-break” or holiday days which includes care but differ from school days in that there is minimal instruction to allow for relaxation). 


      Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school, but their schedule may help to determine the drop-off and pick-up times.  Transportation to academic and extracurricular activities during Whimselthwaite School hours is included in tuition, within reason; namely, the combined schedules of all the students will be considered before making a commitment.  When safe and age-appropriate, children may be dropped-off and picked up by the governess (to a gymnastics class, for example).  


Experiential learning

         Instructional days include an abundance of unstructured play and active learning.  For example, an average school day for a 3rd grader might be distributed into 1.5 hours of efficient, productive work, 4 hours of experiential learning, 2 hours of recess during school, and free leisure time.

There are two types of education…
One should teach us how to make a living…and the other, how to live.
— John Adams