#1 We implement a dynamic, integrated curriculum that is relevant to the interest and needs of the students. Children learn and demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways.
#2 We are committed to infusing a multicultural perspective across the curriculum. Increasing respect and empathy for others and becoming aware of our own biases are vital in preparing for life in a global community.
#3 Learning for students is strengthened when grounded in real life experiences so that students can understand and apply what they learn in school to their outside lives and community.
#4 When choice is infused in the learning process it creates ownership of one’s learning and motivates learners to become independent and self-directed.
#5 Active, hands-on learning creates an atmosphere in which collaboration, ownership and responsibility lead to a meaningful learning experience.
#6 We provide a strong foundation of basic skills and understandings utilizing developmentally appropriate practices.
#7 In a rapidly changing world, it is important to become gatherers, discovered and creators of knowledge. As critical thinkers, we construct our own meaning, rather than solely being recipients of transmitted knowledge.
#8 Curriculum needs to be consistent. New learning evolves from prior knowledge and experiences.
#9 Learning involves reflection and self-assessment and is strengthened by the support of those we trust: teachers, parents, peers and community members.
#10 Learning is complex and requires a variety of assessment strategies in order to provide a broad view of learners and their learning process. These may include learning logs, narrative, performances, portfolios and profiles as well as standardized and traditional measures.
#11 We model and encourage creative and artistic expression as well as an appreciation of the arts.