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Wagon Wheel School

653 North Cahuenga Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90004

Phone:
(323) 469-8994

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The Wagon Wheel School was established in 1943. In 1978 Ruth Segal took over the school and brought to it her own unique philosophy and principles.

Hidden away in a corner of Hollywood at Melrose Ave and Cahuenga Blvd, the Wagon Wheel School campus is an idyllic haven for its very diverse, multi-cultural group of young students. Three buildings serve as the class rooms; the first for the 2 and 3 year olds (the Twinklers, the Teddy Bears, the Bumblebees and the Ramblers), the second houses the 4 and 5 year olds (the Bunnies, the Cheerios and the Crickets), and the third is home to the Developmental Kindergarten Class.

The fourth building is its new multi-functional building. The lower level of the building serves as an airy and light auditorium and performance space where children are taught dance and music. The upper level houses the staff offices and staff lounge. The building is very special because it was designed as a collaboration between parents here who are architects and interior designers. Kristina Loock, Kelly Wearstler, Tia Zoldan, Linda Chung, Renee Wilson, and Brian Wilson all contributed their time and creativity to this special project.

The four buildings of the campus surround a beautiful, lush garden which is divided into a number of discrete play areas for children of different ages.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Not Applicable
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity more

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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Wagon Wheel School experience is centered around creativity and cultural awareness. Teachers introduce shapes, colors, basic math concepts and letter recognition through a wide variety of creative art and science projects. Weekly music classes and dance classes, and a multitude of cultural and musical events enrich their learning experience. Children are encouraged to be independent thinkers and problem solvers and to express themselves. There is a special emphasis on promoting self-esteem, and helping students express their needs through words. In the higher grades there is a stronger emphasis on academics based on a recognition that there is an obligation prepare the children scholastically for their future schools and any testing that they may be required to do.

The teachers at Wagon Wheel School deserve particular mention. A number of the teachers have been at the school for over twenty years, the majority of the other teachers have been at the school for a minimum of five years. It is a very familial environment, very warm, very comfortable, very stimulating, and there is always laughter. Wagon Wheel's teachers are passionate about their kids and their school. While the style of each teacher may vary, there is a collective understanding of the power and importance of play, and they create a solid, loving and supportive environment where kids have fun, love school and flourish socially, emotionally and academically.

Parents are encouraged to participate in the school as much as they would like and are able. There is an open door policy and there are plethora of ways that parents can collaborate in the school program, including preparing and serving Hot Lunches on Fridays, working on the monthly newsletter, Round the Wheel; assisting with traffic escort; or being a member of the Fund Raising Gala Committee, Friends of Wagon Wheel or the Garden Project Committee. If none of these suits you, you can make something up. The fundamental assumption is that the children love to have their parents around the school and that the school is an even more exciting and inspiring learning environment when its diverse and phenomenally talented parent body share their time and experience.

A Typical Day

Every Monday morning the children have Show & Tell to teach them how to speak in front of a group and every Wednesday morning one of the eight classes performs for the school and their parents.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to participate in the school as much as they would like and are able. There is an open door policy and there are plethora of ways that parents can collaborate in the school program, including preparing and serving Hot Lunches on Fridays, working on the monthly newsletter, Round the Wheel; assisting with traffic escort; or being a member of the Fund Raising Gala Committee, Friends of Wagon Wheel or the Garden Project Committee. If none of these suits you, you can make something up. The fundamental assumption is that the children love to have their parents around the school and that the school is an even more exciting and inspiring learning environment when its diverse and phenomenally talented parent body share their time and experience.