We Believe

This we believe….

KINDERGARTEN

The kindergarten faculty believes…

  • all children are curious and capable learners.
  • children should be allowed  to “act” like children.
  • teachers are a resource and guide as children explore their surroundings.
  • communication between home and school is necessary for the development of children.
  • exploration through the arts is central throughout the curriculum.
  • working together helps children learn to share, take turns, follow directions, and learn kindness.
  • it is important that the brain is stimulated  through a balance of activities.

In our classrooms, you will see….

  • happy faces, listening, looking, and  learning as they interact with the world around them.
  • documentation through photographs, transcribed dialogues, and art work as a “window into the child’s mind.”
  • children actively exploring and making discoveries.
  • real life experiences with class pets, learning centers, technology, reading  and writing.

PRIMARY SCHOOL (grades 1-3)

The primary faculty believes…

  • children have unlimited potential.
  • learning should be fun.
  • it is safe for children to make mistakes.
  • teachers and parents are partners in the educational process.
  • a caring, comfortable relationship between child and teacher is vital to learning.
  • children should have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports and activities.

In our classrooms, you will see…

  • children who know that they are loved.
  • accommodations for different learning styles.
  • children working in cooperative learning groups.
  • children who are actively involved in their learning.
  • student work displayed.

INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL (grades 4-5)

The intermediate school faculty believes…

  • there are no limits to what children can accomplish.
  • students are encouraged to take risks and learn from mistakes.
  • accommodations should be made for different learning styles and abilities.
  • students achieve success when they feel valued as individuals.
  • organization and time management skills lead to greater independence.

In our classrooms you will see…

  • cooperative learning groups.
  • a variety of student work displayed.
  • basic skills being emphasized as students transition into middle school.
  • technology being integrated across the curriculum.
  • students assuming more responsibility.
  • students being taught through a variety of approaches.

MIDDLE SCHOOL (grades 6-8)

The middle school faculty believes…

  • confidence grows as academic challenges are met.
  • students should assume a greater degree of independence in their school life.
  • students should be comfortable and feel respected in their school community.
  • critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills should be stressed.
  • students need work that stimulates their curiosity and desire for understanding.
  • communication between home and school is essential to student success.
  • students should participate in a variety of clubs and activities.

In our classrooms, you will see…

  • an emotionally safe environment where children are encouraged to be risk takers.
  • students assuming greater responsibility for their own learning.
  • students who genuinely care about their academic performance.
  • technology infused into the classroom.
  • a balance of traditional and  hands-on learning approaches.
  • assessments that allow for individual differences.

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