The Wyndcroft School
1395 Wilson Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
In 1918 growing concern within the educational community to provide not only for academic excellence, but also to provide for the healthful well being of a child. In the midst of Open Air School - 1924 nationwide epidemics of measles, mumps, flu and tuberculosis, a few parents in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, members of the prestigious Hill School faculty, chose to provide a superior education for their younger children by founding a progressive "open-air" school. So began Wyndcroft's first incarnation in the sunlit porches and an open garage of a residence on the Hill School campus under the name of "The Pottstown Open Air School." Within four years the school had changed its name to "The Wyndcroft School". For 23 years, from 1925 to 1948 the development of the small school from a curriculum based on fresh air and Maypole to one that emphasized sound academic training. From 1948 to 1980 Wyndcroft's reputation was enhanced by joining the Pennsylvania Association of Private Academic Schools and by expanding the facilities with a new building to house offices and 4 additional classrooms. A year later, athletic fields were designed and landscaped. In 1959, he oversaw the building of an addition including the first indoor area for athletics, and in 1969 he provided the upper school with 8 new classrooms. One of these rooms was a state-of-the-art laboratory, which he used as a springboard to introduce an innovative science program for kindergarten through upper school grades centered upon hands-on experimentation by individual students.
The Wyndcroft School is a coeducational elementary day school for children in grades Early Childhood through eight. The mission of the school is to offer a rigorous academic program enabling the child to establish a firm foundation for a happy and succesful future.
The curriculum is traditional - emphasizing basic skill instruction and character development in English, history, mathematics, science, foreign languages, and the arts.
In a small class setting, the school endeavors to provide a safe nurturing enviroment fostering creativity, learning, personal integrity, determination, and respect for others.
A sound curriculum is at the heart of every good school. Knowing what to teach in a subject, how to teach it and when to teach it are the crucial decisions that schools must make. And several things make these decisions far from easy.
First, curriculum must constantly be evaluated and when necessary adapted or changed. A high quality eighth grade biology curriculum today should be quite different from that of twenty years ago. The geography of Europe changed overnight with the fall of the Russian Empire, and is changing still. At Wyndcroft we have an annual cyclical review of curriculum that ensures what we are teaching remains academically sound and is up-to-date.
Second, with so much known now about brain development and students as learners, a good school is constantly searching for new and better ways to deliver the curriculum to our twenty-first century learners. The obvious example here is the explosion of technology in curriculum. SMARTBoards and access to the Internet have long since taken the place of the encyclopedia in the classroom.
At Wyndcroft, from the earliest years, teachers try to instill a love of learning while encouraging each student to reach his or her academic potential. So the “how” they learn, in the curriculum, becomes as important as the “what” they are learning. Our curriculum is a traditional one of core subjects enhanced by a broad range of specialty areas. But we believe our approach to this traditional curriculum is thoughtful, intelligent, and cutting-edge. At Wyndcroft we want our students to acquire not only the essential skills they will need for future success but also the independence of thought, and the creativity they will need to be successful life-long learners