Creating a Learning Environment Where:

  • Each child is respected as an individual with unique abilities and pace of learning.
  • The teachers are guides and facilitators whose focus is on helping each child to explore, question, think and make sense of the world.
  • Each child's ideas and interests are acknowledged, respected and used as learning opportunities.
  • Children are encouraged to teach each other, collaborate with each other, and help each other.
  • Teachers actively listen to each child, and by following their students' interests, they build a curriculum that is as unique as the child.
  • The emphasis is on the process of learning rather than grades.
  • Each child's achievements and progress are measured in a broader and more individualized way than in a conventional school setting.
  • Children become so deeply engaged in meaningful hands-on activities that they see school as an exciting place.
  • Respect for and acceptance of differences and diversity is present in every activity.
  • Each child's cognitive, psychological, social and spiritual development is viewed holistically.
  • A carefully prepared learning environment and carefully considered teaching methods encourage development of self-discipline and intrinsic motivation.
  • Each child's level of concentration and depth of experience are valued, and uninterrupted time is given for a focused work cycle to develop.
  • Children are allowed to find their own errors and, by doing so, learn that making mistakes is a natural part of the learning process.
  • Care of self and environment are emphasized as integral to the learning experience.
  • Each child learns to share leadership and egalitarian interaction is encouraged.
  • The primary goal is to foster curiosity and a love of learning that lasts a lifetime.