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It is evident when you enter our building, our students love being here. From our youngest kindergartners to our “almost ready for high school” eighth graders, students are encouraged to explore and discover through questioning, critical thinking, and investigation. Our K-8 classrooms are designed for deep levels of exploration because of curriculum that is integrated across all subjects whenever possible and because of our commitment to provide instruction based on Constructivist theory. Our classrooms provide hands on, experiential learning opportunities that lead students of all levels to experience, practice, apply, and master cognitive, social, and physical skills in an environment that promotes academic challenge, creativity, and responsibility for self and others.

For nearly 40 years, our developmentally appropriate curriculum has been designed to nurture skills and achievement in math, problem solving, critical thinking, language arts, social studies, science, and the arts. Integration across subjects occurs in classrooms on a daily basis. You will find our first graders studying forests, learning the science of producers, consumers, and decomposers, studying the birds native to our Berry Forest, reading and writing fairytales set in enchanted forests, learning the “economics” of deforestation and the need to protect our trees, and sorting, counting, grouping, and graphing the hundreds of acorns and pinecones found on the forest floor. 

Spend a morning with our fifth graders who are studying the Civil War and you will find each student reading a different historical fiction novel about an unknown part of the Civil War, learning to sew a quilt block or build a weaving loom in art, exploring the geography of the United States through study of the battles of the Civil War, and practicing fractions, measurements, and temperatures with “Science in the Kitchen” as they make a recipe once used by a chuckwagon. 

As individuals, in small groups, and as a class, students investigate and build their understanding of subject matter through creative problem solving, critical thinking, and making connections across subjects.  Close relationships with fellow students as well as teachers, graduate assistants, student teachers, and college student workers, support student learning by helping students build a strong community of learners.