"The School believes that students are engaged by the teachers' own enthusiasm for learning. Thus, within broad parameters, teachers are expected to invent, interpret, and shape curriculum, responding sensitively to children's needs, interests, and backgrounds. Teachers work together to integrate the curriculum, relating themes and concepts between subjects and over the years. Respect is given for varying styles of teaching and learning, and different groupings occur within classrooms as appropriate to pedagogical goals.
From its inception, the School has been committed to using the rich and varied resources of the greater Washington area. An extensive program of trips and guest speakers, all related to the curriculum, provides an experiential approach to learning, makes connections between classroom work and the real world, and helps students understand that learning is a process not limited to a classroom setting or a particular time of life.
The School believes that healthy social, emotional, and physical growth must go hand in hand with the development of strong academic skills, and that this growth is best nurtured in an atmosphere of openness, cooperation, and civility, where diversity in all its human forms is acknowledged and accepted. From the earliest years, children are taught how to be responsible members of a group. They come to understand that being part of a class, of a school, and eventually of a wider community requires compromise, self-examination, empathy, humor, and even struggle. With the trust that a healthy sense of community engenders, children learn that they can express differing views that will be heard with respect and that they are expected to respect the views of others."
excerpted from the school's website