in a joyful, safe environment
Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving
We believe that children learn best when engaged in hands-on, experiential lessons, activities, and projects, both individually and in groups. Experiences are designed to help children connect new information to their existing frameworks of knowledge to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers.
With strong programs in language arts, math, science, and social studies, our curricula are designed to lead children to discovery—they are encouraged to explore, experiment, and test ideas; they bring a sense of courage to unfamiliar situations and view failure as an opportunity to learn.
Social studies provide the thematic link for all curricular areas and excite children about learning. As they immerse themselves in the theme studies, children learn to ask meaningful questions, construct knowledge, use a variety of materials to represent their ideas, and collaborate with others. The communication of their discoveries is an important component of interdisciplinary studies. Children gain skills in effective public speaking and listening, as well as the ability to write clearly and concisely for a variety of audiences.
Creativity and Innovation
As creators and innovators, children are encouraged to identify and address complex problems, whether during a math lesson, in the science classroom, or while exploring the wooded trails on campus. Weekly coding classes emphasize applied problem solving, creativity, and developmentally appropriate algorithmic and computational thinking skills. STEAM activities and play at all levels extend children’s opportunities to design, make, collaborate, and problem-solve. Visual and performing arts further nurture children’s creative expression and develop new talents and interests.
Multi-Age Classrooms and a Caring Community of Learners
Since our founding over 80 years ago, social-emotional development has been at the core of our mission. Our multi-age, two-year classrooms and low student-teacher ratio foster meaningful relationships—and as older students learn alongside younger ones, they develop confidence, empathy, cooperation, and leadership skills. Woven throughout the curricula are opportunities for students to develop healthy identities, manage emotions, achieve personal and collective goals, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.