• Each multi-grade class consists of no more than 12 students, and in the Lower School (1-6) is taught by two special education teachers, at least one of whom is also trained in gifted education.
  • We believe in a multisensory approach to learning that respects the dictum that some children need to “move to learn.”
  • Major technological inroads for both group and independent learning offer multiple opportunities for students to become digitally fluent.
  • Our approach to classroom management includes positive behavioral supports, daily reviews with students emphasizing self-reflection, and “collaborative problem solving,” collectively helping students develop self/social awareness and communication skills, and fostering flexibility and mutual respect.
  • Students are encouraged to ask for and take breaks as needed.
  • Knowledge acquisition is measured in ways appropriate to each student, while we support the development of wider expressive skill sets.
  • A daily recess period lets children be children. In addition, movement breaks are available to individual students as needed throughout the day.
  • Growth and achievement are celebrated. Progress reports are pegged to the Common Core Standards.
  • Art/creative lab, engineering, drama, technology/logic, music, study skills, and keyboarding classes are offered weekly. Spanish and physical education classes are offered twice weekly.
  • The school day runs from 8:45 AM until 3:30 PM.
  • Staff meets weekly to review student progress and adjust interventions and objectives. Frequent communication with parents and outside providers is integral to our collaboration model, and we believe it is critical to student growth and success.
  • For our lower school students, Friday afternoons focus on student-driven, staff-mentored, talent development clusters we call KidWorks. Our upper school students take part in independent studies projects (IndieStudies) and electives.