Our Philosophy

Education Beyond the Classroom


Children at the Center

Like our colleagues in Reggio Emilia, Italy, we focus on a child's natural development. It is child-centered and directed, and the child's point of view is completely respected. Learning must make sense to the student in order to be effective and significant. As such, our culture invites children to engage in hands-on experiences, and students are encouraged to follow their own educational path. In this way, each student learns by making their own meaningful associations. 

Partners in Learning

Children, parents, teachers, and administrators are partners in learning. Children construct their own learning with the support and participation of teachers and parents. In other words, teachers do not "teach", rather, they facilitate learning for the children. 

Supportive Environments

The environment is viewed as a "third teacher", with the power to provoke curiosity and learning, and encourage interaction. Elements of the classroom arrangements change regularly to support the interest and learning of our children. 

Experiences Inside and Outside of the School

Through our neighborhood walks, spending time in local parks, walks to the library, visits to the senior center, and field trips we seek to help children create a sense of connection to the community in which they live. 

-Ellicia and Andrea