True comprehension means true understanding, not guesswork.
We believe a child's foundational years are the most important. This is the time they build habits and routines which serve them their whole lives. We strive to create an unshakable bedrock from which they can launch and blossom into their future.
We believe all children have vast potential and start life with great interest in learning, and that difficulties in school are primarily a result of a poor or flawed educational approach. If one has a purpose for the subjects being learned, along with the proper tools for recognizing barriers to learning and how to remedy them, they can be in the driver's seat of their own education. This study expertise and the ability to think with and use the knowledge is how someone can improve their lives and the lives of those around them.
Class size matters. Our classrooms are capped at a 1:10 teacher to student ratio because we believe small class sizes are at the core of an excellent education. We want to empower students by giving them tools to resolve their own barriers or limitations; lasting success is not measured by how much you know, but by how well you can learn to adapt and overcome.
Our students graduate with the skills they need to research and discover information for their use, not just parrot back facts for an exam. We cultivate a love of learning to help build the next generation of curious, thoughtful leaders.
In our close-knit community, students are treated as individuals and are given highly personal attention, a tailored academic program, and a focus on demonstrated proficiency. Each student is regularly assessed and their program adjusted accordingly based on their strengths and weaknesses, always working toward 100% mastery.
In the 2nd grade and above, one of the tools used to enable a child to progress individually (so they are not held back or forced ahead before having true understanding) is a “checklist.” A checklist consists of a set of assignments, both theory and practical, that a student carries out in order to learn and apply information on a specific topic. The use of a checklist ensures each student progresses with mastery so that no crucial elements of a subject are omitted due to “lack of time” as is usual in a lecture-style classroom.
Our teachers do not operate in a solitary environment. They constantly collaborate and inspire each other. As a result, our students benefit from the continual partnership of their teaching team.
In fact, this team extends to your family. We develop strong bonds with our students and their families because education is a collaborative effort and we are aware of the trust and partnership that this implies. Your active participation with the school in your child’s education is more than important—we view it as essential.
Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D., is a world-renowned leader in the fields of education, creativity and innovation. As an international speaker on the subject, we find his views refreshing and completely in alignment with the goals and approach of our school. We invite you to take a peek: