School Organization and Curriculum
Our school can be characterized as a community of learners. Within our learning community, each child has membership, each child has equal access to learning opportunities, and each child’s unique experiences (background, family, and cultural) are valued.
We believe that our school culture emphasizes the significance and importance of children and their learning. Learning can achieve great heights when children have ownership and when learning is meaningful and relevant. Motivation is directly linked to learning.
Our school is organized to best meet the needs of children within seven classrooms. Given this reality, classrooms are most often a blend of combined grades. The purpose of these groupings is to ensure a reasonable class size as well as to provide the best learning environment for children by:
- Keeping the student-teacher ratio as low as possible in allowing a more equitable distribution of students.
- Promoting opportunities for students and teachers to be together for two years whenever possible.
The curriculum provides the basic foundation of learning experiences. Curriculum within our school is not viewed in a narrow, linear fashion but rather as continuous, seamless, and expansive. It emphasizes the connectedness of knowledge and learning and the understanding that prior experiences shape the construction of new knowledge.