Weilenmann School of Discovery (WSD) is a tuition-free public Kindergarten through Eighth Grade charter school located in Park City, Utah. WSD currently draws students from Summit, Wasatch and Salt Lake counties, and welcomes all students within the state of Utah.
Surrounded by incredible views of the mountains and local wildlife, WSD provides a unique setting for student learning and growth. We offer an innovative and expansive program, guided by the most successful proven practices in education.
Our students engage with Master Teachers in a close-knit and caring community, and benefit from a Liberal Arts curriculum that integrates visual and performing arts, outdoor education, foreign language, hands-on science, PE, and an off-campus Adventure PE program into the core curriculum.
Our program builds competency in the core academic areas of Math, Science, English Language Arts, and Social Studies, and provides authentic, project-based learning experiences as a meaningful way for students to gain and apply deeper knowledge. Technology is used to complement classroom instruction, support project-based learning, and monitor individual student progress.
Our Mission and Vision
The Weilenmann School of Discovery is dedicated to helping students discover the power of their own potential — to learn, to innovate, and to change the world. We promote engaged, authentic, and effective learning that prepares students to excel in the 21st century by:
- Providing a Liberal Arts education that integrates art, music, science, PE, media, and technology into the core curriculum
- Hiring and developing Master Teachers
- Delivering instruction to meet individual needs
- Promoting project-based learning with real world applications
- Utilizing nature and the outdoors to inspire and enrich the educational experience
The WSD Kindergarten program nurtures our youngest learners in developing essential academic, social and emotional skills, gaining a knowledge and understanding of their world, and acquiring a love and excitement for learning.
Each Kindergarten class is taught by a certified teacher with the assistance of a Kindergarten aide. Kindergarten is a full day experience, where students have time for deep exploration of topics, hands-on activities, and excursions into nature and the outdoors. Classes are kept small and are located in a Kindergarten “wing” of the school that includes dedicated bathrooms, hallway and playground.
Students in Kindergarten are taught Language Arts and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from the classroom teacher. They also attend classes in Art, Music, PE, and Library, which are taught by specialist teachers. This age is a natural time for exploration and individualized learning. Students use their imaginations, and develop reflective thinking and problem-solving skills. Kindergarten is also an appropriate time to develop socially, and to learn how to be good friends and caring members of our school community.
Lower School comprises Kindergarten through Fifth Grade. In Lower School, students build upon foundational skills and become independent learners. Immersed in a collaborative environment that stimulates learning and discovery, students gain and apply knowledge and understanding across many subject areas. Recognizing a variety of student abilities and learning styles, teachers will differentiate instruction in appropriate ways. Students become accustomed to using technology in the classroom, and are taught to be responsible digital citizens.
Lower School students are taught Language Arts and Literacy, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies from the classroom teacher, and attend classes in Art, General Music, PE, and Library, taught by specialist teachers trained in their fields. Students in fourth and fifth grades are given the option to continue in General Music or join Orchestra or Band.
All Lower School students engage in project-based learning, which gives them experience in solving real-world problems and using their collaboration and critical thinking skills to approach new challenges. Outdoor Education and Character Education are integrated into the Lower School program. A highlight of the year for each Lower School student is the grade level Exhibition, which reflects a curricular study, and is presented to parents and to students of other grades. The Exhibition project itself combines such elements as research, collaboration, creativity, art, science, math, and drama, and takes place over an extended period of time. The culminating Exhibition event is a celebration of student effort.
The Lower School years see tremendous academic, emotional and social growth. Students collaborate with classmates, participate in community service, have opportunities for leadership, and become independent learners. They enjoy field trips, class parties, author visits, special days, assemblies, and a variety of after school program offerings. The values of honesty, kindness, and personal responsibility are explicitly taught, healthy school culture is actively promoted, and respect for teachers and peers is always expected.
Middle School includes Sixth through Eighth Grade. Middle School builds on and extends the skills taught in Lower School, while expanding opportunities for students to explore and discover inside the classroom and beyond. As students consider the paths they want to pursue beyond WSD, they continue to learn authentically through direct study, and discovery- and project-based learning. They explore their passions and demonstrate learning that manifests in everything from art installations to coding. They graduate with a love of learning, breadth and depth of knowledge, and the well-earned confidence to excel in the world beyond WSD.
The core curriculum in Middle School includes Language Arts, History, Science, Math, and Physical Education. In addition, WSD requires students to take Art, Music, and Latin. Students may choose from Chorus, Band, or Orchestra to fulfill their Music requirement, and may select from a large number of Enrichment classes, which meet weekly and change each term.
Adventure PE is one of the highlights of the Middle School experience at WSD. Students leave campus once each week for a full afternoon of activity at a local venue. Examples of sports and activities students enjoy during Adventure PE include paddle boarding, rock climbing, yoga, CrossFit, skeleton, and cross country skiing, as well as training by the Utah Avalanche Center and service at the National Ability Center.
Student life in Middle School is rich and full. Students have opportunities to be involved in Student Government, the HOPE Squad, National Junior Honor Society, Middle School dances and activities, peer tutoring, and a variety of student-organized clubs such as chess, sign-language, comedy improv, and others. In the fall, each grade level ventures off campus for two days to explore various sites around the state. In the spring, graduating Eighth Graders enjoy a day at Lagoon and a culminating overnight wilderness experience.
The Annual Report is jointly produced by the Board of Trustees and Administration. It contains detailed explanations regarding academic performance (based on the most recent data available), school finances for the fiscal year, adherence to school mission, and achievement of goals. Please find below links to current and past Annual Reports.
The WSD Strategic Plan for School Improvement is a living document that is continually updated by decisions and directives of the Board of Directors and refined through the recommendations of stakeholders. The Plan informs parents as stakeholders of the current direction of the school and its present short and long-term goals. The Board’s Annual Strategic Planning Meeting in January is dedicated to reviewing existing goals, adding interim objectives and long-term goals, and removing specific objectives or goals already accomplished.
In its effort to improve the safety of its students in the event of any emergency, the WSD Administration will consistently communicate aspects of WSD’s Emergency Safety Plan and Procedures to parents and families of the WSD community.
While the Student/Parent Reunification Plan is only one aspect of WSD’s Emergency Plan, parents’ understanding and execution of this plan are necessary for the proper and safe reunification of parents with students, since during an emergency or disaster, the traditional student release procedure may be unsafe and not operable.
A wide variety of emergency situations may require a student/parent reunification plan. Such a plan may be needed if the school is evacuated or closed as a result of an internal hazardous materials accident, fire, natural gas leak, flooding, earthquake, school violence, bomb threat, terrorist attack, or other local hazard or natural disaster. In the case of a weather emergency, wherein the building is safe to occupy, or an external hazardous material spill, wherein it is not safe to leave the building, students will be held at the school until parent pick-up procedures can be accomplished safely.
Please take the time to familiarize yourself with WSD’s Student/Parent Reunification Plan. We would like parents to anticipate the implementation of this plan as they complete registration forms and emergency contact information for the coming school year.