“Education is a social process; education is growth; education is not preparation for life but is life itself.” John Dewey

Academics and Activities

Teachers plan engaging activities and projects based on weekly and bi-weekly thematic units covering a wide range of topics.  Activities are hands-on, interdisciplinary and incorporate students’ interests and ideas.  Activities cover all subject areas with emphasis on language arts, math and art.  Students develop necessary academic skills when learning is interesting and relevant.

We also have several ongoing activities, including a literacy program, a hands-on math program and organic gardening.  Fairs and exhibitions offer students opportunities to share their projects with the community.

Learning centers provide materials and activities that students can enjoy independently, with peers or with a teacher.

Outdoor space is available throughout the day for activities, games and play.  Our wood shop offers space for woodworking and art projects.

In addition to teacher-led activities, teachers join in student-led activities and projects.  Teachers introduce many academic topics through games and dramatic play.

Each student learns differently and develops in her own way.  Student development is assessed through authentic means, such as anecdotes, projects and portfolios.  Students are not graded, tested or required to achieve learning benchmarks.