Curriculum: A child’s social interactions and
emotional development are equally important as intellectual growth.
Social studies is the developmentally-appropriate core subject for
elementary students, focusing on people and what they do. Language use,
mathematical thinking, historical thinking, scientific thinking, the
arts, and healthy behavior are all essential, interrelated subjects of
study around a social-studies theme.
Teaching: Teachers are knowledgeable, expert guides who
collaborate with students and parents to design curriculum, refine the
learning process, enforce the school rules, and carry out our mission.
Achievement: Each child has individual strengths, talents,
desires and challenges. Basic skills are essential foundations for the
goals of learning: Problem-solving, critical thinking, and
Equality: All people deserve equal opportunities. Children
have different backgrounds and experiences to build upon. Given equal
opportunities, learning outcomes will not be exactly the same for
Standards: National, state and local standards for education
in each area of study are guidelines for achievement. While keeping
grade-level expectations for skills well in mind, we know that children
reach different levels of achievement at different times. The body of
knowledge readily available for study is vast, thus we do not use
checklists of specific topics that must be learned in grade school.
Diversity: Children benefit from interacting with all kinds
of people. Different learning styles require differing approaches to
learning. Some special educational needs require special learning
environments which we cannot always accommodate.
Assessment: Children should be able to demonstrate their
understanding and share it with others. Their progress is individual,
not graded or competitive. Portfolios of their work are the best
indicators of improvement. Well-designed tests can only measure
specific, limited knowledge or ability at one point in time.
Behavior: Becoming a life-long learner requires developing a
personal work ethic as well as essential tools for learning in time
management, ownership of behavior, group participation, treatment of
others, risk-taking, dependability, and reflection.
Economy: Quality education should be affordable for all
people. We are a not-for-profit, community organization that provides
opportunities for families of all economic levels. All parents should
have a choice about where their children go to school.
Environment: We believe the earth has limited resources, thus
we must conserve them through reducing our impact, reusing materials,
and recycling. Caring for the environment is one of each citizen’s
Rules: Be safe, be kind, be productive.