We Value College and Career Readiness.
Since opening our doors in 2006, WHEELS has been dedicated to developing life long learners. Education is viewed as both a personal process of discovery and a social activity.
Our EL Education model encourages young people to become increasingly responsible for directing their own personal and collective learning. Student pathways to higher education begin in pre-K and are supported through the high school school experience and beyond. 78% of WHEELS graduates have enrolled in college — 22% higher than the New York City average.
All 8th and 12th grade students at WHEELS present a portfolio of academic and personal growth to a panel of teachers, family and community members. This provides young people with an opportunity to reflect on their learning and their readiness to move on to the next phase of their education. Community Panelists, review student portfolios, listen to presentations, ask questions, and provide constructive feedback. Passage Presentations are required for passage from middle school to high school and for high school graduation
Every year, all WHEELS seniors march to the local post office to collectively mail their college applications. Cheered on by teachers, friends, family and supporters, the College March stands a moment of celebration, but also as an opportunity to demonstrate WHEELS commitment to higher education. The College March is a tradition started at WHEELS and has spread to over 20 schools nationwide through the Outward Bound Network. In addition to being a rite of passage and celebration for our seniors, the event inspires our younger students to see college in their future, too. The event has even drawn the attention of the White House - President Obama highlighted WHEELS and one of our seniors the 2014 State of the Union.
The alumni office is busy supporting all WHEELS graduates, but the class of 2017 gets special support as they make the transition from WHEELS to life-after-WHEELS. 90% of the class of 2017 are engaged in full time post-secondary education. Jasmine Daniels, our Director of Alumni Support, visits each first year student on their campus. With the semester in full swing, she has Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, New York City College of Technology and nearly everywhere in between on the calendar for a visit this year. SUNY New Paltz, Stonybrook, SUNY Delhi, University at Buffalo, SUNY, University at Albany, SUNY get ready because she's coming for you next!