Although our responsive learning environment may have a different format for each group of learners; there are seven basic characteristics of our program whether Early Childhood, Lower School or Upper School:
- There is an open, respectful and cooperative relationship among the teachers, students and parents; a relationship that can include planning, implementation and evaluation of the learning experience.
- The environment is much like a laboratory or workshop, rich in materials with simultaneous access to many learning activities. The emphasis is on experimentation and involvement.
- The curriculum is flexible and integrative. The needs and interests of the student provide a base from which the curriculum is developed.
- There is a minimum of large group lessons, with most instruction occurring in small groups or between individuals. Groups centered around needs or interests can be formed by teachers or students.
- The student is an active participant in the learning process. Movement, decision-making, self-directed learning, invention and inquiry are encouraged both inside and outside the classroom. Students may work alone, with a partner, or in groups. Peer teaching is important.
- Assessment, contracting and evaluation are all used as tools to aid in the growth of the student. Conferences keep students and parents informed of progress and provide guidance for future planning.
- The atmosphere is one of trust, acceptance and respect.