LEARN TO LOVE LEARNING
Students are supported to do far more than they think they can in order to grow in both intelligence and character. Teachers instruct in ways that enable students to experience deeper learning, surpass standards, and produce high-quality work. Students are guided in their studies to discover an authentic love of learning.
OUR SCHOOL PRACTICES AN INNOVATIVE TEACHING MODEL BASED ON THE
FUNDAMENTAL BELIEF THAT CHILDREN LEARN BEST THROUGH DOING
LEARNING LOOKS DIFFERENT HERE...
We limit enrollment to 100 students K-8th in order to preserve small class sizes and the family culture of our school. As an intentionally small school, we aim to make a big difference in the lives of students through personalized care and instruction.
We teach to each child rather than to their grade. With the majority of our grades being combined classrooms, we emphasize two year relationships with students. Multi-age grouping allows a classroom to accommodate different levels of maturity and capabilities. It also allows the older grade to experience leadership opportunities at an earlier age and cultivates a greater sense of continuity and community among the whole school.
Community is central to our curriculum. Often, students venture out into the community to learn from experts or invite knowledgable community members into the classroom in order to connect learning to real life. Fieldwork, community collaboration, and flexible classroom spaces are a norm here, as is presenting to the public. When students have an authentic audience the quality of their work grows.
Adventure deepens our learning. Students backpack, rock climb, hike, xc ski, snow shoe, dog sled, etc. with a focus on character development, spiritual formation, and teaching technical outdoor skills. Although outdoor expeditions do not have academic objectives, teachers say they see students return to class with mindsets such as increased confidence, ability to persevere through challenge, and greater awareness that enables them to learn better.
We are a staff-student-parent team. We encourage every member of our team to participate in the learning process by being actively engaged, openly sharing feedback and perspectives, and taking responsibility for their part in the learning process as we all grow, learn, support, and celebrate each other. School leaders, teachers, students, and families work together to model academic courage and create a culture of respect, responsibility, and joy in learning.