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Core Values

Children learn best when…

  • They are trusted, valued and well known by their teachers, whom they see as allies.
  • Their developmental timetables are respected.
  • They experience diversity as a natural and positive dynamic in their classrooms and in the school community.
  • They enjoy learning for its own sake rather than being motivated through competition or rewards.
  • Their original, creative work is valued and nurtured.
  • Their own wonderful ideas influence the curriculum.
  • Their need for play is dignified as authentic learning.
  • Their social connections and emotional lives are an integral part of their school experience.
  • They find security in understandable and reasonable rules.
  • They have close connections to the natural world.

Teaching is most effective when…

  • Teachers have a deep understanding of child development.
  • There is an awareness of and appreciation for students’ diverse backgrounds.
  • Teachers practice their craft as both a science informed by current research, and as an art.
  • There is an emphasis on conceptual level understanding and the interconnectedness of subjects.
  • Assessment is done through observation and work samples rather than through tests and grades.
  • Academic challenges are matched to each child’s demonstrated cognitive growth.
  • Young children learn through discovery and direct experience.
  • Older children learn academics in a meaningful context with a purpose that matters to them.
  • Oldest children are guided to develop an authentic voice as well as skills needed when they outgrow the school.

Our community thrives when…

  • Diversity is valued and celebrated.
  • Communication is respectful between all members of the community.
  • Children feel ownership of the campus as their special place.
  • Teachers and staff are respected as professionals dedicated to a form of education that is responsive, not predetermined, and thereby more demanding than traditional methodologies.
  • There is a sense of partnership between parents and teachers.
  • All members understand the values and methods of progressive education
  • Students develop as independent thinkers capable of influencing the world in which they live.