The Wilkinson School is an independent school offering educational programs for children enrolled in kindergarten through the eighth grade. Providing "a tailored education for the whole child," Wilkinson leads students through their learning with an attentive eye to each child's individual educational, social-emotional, and creative needs. Under a strong classroom curriculum, bolstered with empirical learning, students receive a broader education through exposure to the world on Intensive Studies trips, interactions with professionals, outdoor education, cultural excursions, and a well-rounded arts program. Founded in 1977, the Wilkinson School has a well-established culture that embraces students and parents and draws them into an extended family, where not only a love of learning is fostered, but where community and relationships are keystones of Several key features of the Wilkinson School create a unique character and community building culture. The small size and great staff-to- student ratio is critical so that everyone knows one another and finds their place in the school community. The small "village feel" engenders caring, trusting and nurturing relationships and a remarkably cohesive whole. Each classroom has two qualified professionals -- a teacher and a teacher's aide --who support an unbeatable classroom ratio of 10:1. Competency groups in multi-age classrooms ensure that students are not bored or lost, nor are they expected to learn at the same level and rate as the entire class -- as is so often the case in the antiquated, industrialized approach common in many school settings today. Being part of a class and community that more closely mirror the diversity of real life, students play social roles of leaders, team members, mentors, and helpers all within the space of a school day and week. Town hall-like all-school meetings, assemblies, weekly social-emotional classes, workshops, classroom projects, and daily teacher-student relationships are part of the culture that develops and supports an approach to education committed to nurturing "the whole child."