Core Subjects We believe that children learn by constructing ideas, engaging in discussion with others, taking on challenges, experimenting, and exploring the world. Our rigorous and robust curriculum is selected to support students in being agents in their own learning. We anticipate using the following curriculum programs: Reading and Writing Workshop, Bridges in Mathematics, and Mystery Science, as well as following students' and teachers' passions and interests. We incorporate technology thoughtfully into the curriculum.
Teaching for Social Justice and Identity Development We believe that we are developing future advocates, neighbors, thoughtful listeners, critical thinkers, and world changers. We learn from being in community with our neighborhood and our city, and in ongoing learning and action around social justice, responsibility, and respect for diverse backgrounds and cultures.
We believe that bringing our whole selves to the classroom includes honoring each student and family’s race, culture, and identity. We have open and respectful conversations about race, religions, gender identity, family structures, social inequity, and the beautiful things that make us proud of who we are.
We recognize special moments in children’s lives and invite families to share cultural traditions with us, but we do not celebrate any religious holidays as a school.
We particularly welcome students from queer families or who are gender-divergent or gender-exploring. We support a range of pronouns and have non-gendered bathrooms.
We address social justice/anti-racist/LGBTQ-positive education as its own subject, as well as addressing these themes through literature, social studies topics, and woven into all teaching.
Teaching for Self-Awareness and Community Building We believe that children's social and emotional well-being is essential to their development as learners in a community. We will include opportunities to develop skills in identifying and managing feelings, expressing ideas and feelings to others, self-management, and negotiating conflict with confidence, respect, and sensitivity, both through targeted lessons and throughout the day. We have a model of education that focuses on checking in and responding to the needs of our classroom community, as well as utilizing social-emotional curriculum to elicit conversation and thought.