At the heart of The Neighborhood Schoolhouse philosophy is the understanding that we are all students as well as teachers. We learn in all types of environments, at all times of day. When we trust each other we take risks from which we emerge changed. How children go about their learning is as important to us as what they learn. Children learn in their own unique ways and at their own unique paces. Our responsibility is to nurture and encourage children’s growth by providing a rich and challenging environment.
We educate the whole child, realizing the importance of social, emotional, intellectual, and creative growth. We provide a safe, nurturing environment in which the children’s developmental needs are recognized. We provide opportunities for the children to take an active role in their education, and to interact with children of all ages. Our students raise questions and seek answers on their own. They experiment, discover the diversity within themselves and their surroundings, and openly meet new challenges.
We believe that ultimately education must encourage children to care: to care about themselves, about others, and about their own ability to effect positive change in their world.
- an awareness of the interdependence of all living things;
- a sense of responsibility for oneself, for others, and for the environment;
- the ability to play and work cooperatively;
- a willingness to strive toward peaceful resolution of conflict;
- learning through experience and play;
- respect and tolerance for others;
- global awareness and respect for cultural differences;
- outlets for creative expression;
- the development of a positive self-image;
- the acquisition of academic and non-academic learning skills.