Our Philosophy and Guiding Principles
The Village School is guided by the theory and practice of the Montessori philosophy and believes that it is fundamentally important to:
Foster a lifelong love of learning.
Impart a challenging curriculum that supports and respects individual learning styles in multi-age classrooms.
Educate the whole child by recognizing and respecting the physical, emotional, and intellectual individuality of each child.
Nurture in each child creativity, independence, self-confidence, and the joy of discovery.
Provide well-structured environments, order and orientation in classrooms, proper sequencing of materials, and a consistent educational approach.
Encourage sensitivity and awareness for all people and cultures as well as for the global environment.
Affirm and support the value of family-school partnerships by encouraging active family involvement.
Develop a sense of community in and out of classrooms by encouraging cooperative learning, problem solving, and community service.
What We Stand For
Progressive Education - teaching critical thinking and problem solving skills while using the latest technological advances to encourage creativity and innovation through collaborative projects.
Inclusion and Anti-bias - fostering a culture of students who are able to recognize bias and injustice and to develop the ability of each student to stand against it.
Diversity - celebrating all peoples, religions, and backgrounds by incorporating culturally sensitive presentations and discussion opportunities into the daily lives of students.
Sustainability - striving to instill in students a responsibility for caring for their environment by involving them in recycling and composting initiatives as well as a collaborative gardening program from toddler through middle school.