"At the heart of the education process reside the children and their unique needs, interests and abilities. Each student is accepted as a valuable and unique individual, capable of growth toward self-initiated learning and the highest personal and academic achievement consistent with his/ her ability. The ultimate goal of all education at Discovery School is to help each child respond intellectually, personally and socially to the challenges of an ever-changing society. This requires the setting of high educational standards and providing each child with the appropriate learning environment and educational experiences to achieve these goals.
Discovery School’s Statement of Philosophy
We believe every child can learn.
We provide appropriate guidance, experiences and materials for learning.
We invite children to share the responsibility for their education, recognizing that they learn best when actively involved.
We encourage cooperative learning: child/child, child/teacher, child
We maintain learning goals for which we are accountable. We are responsible for judging how well we meet the goals.
We direct all our efforts toward developing curious, thoughtful and independent learners
Discovery School’s Statement of Instructional Strategies
We stand for a strong basic curriculum: reading, writing, arithmetic. We expect our children to grow up literate.
In addition, we regard science, social studies, music, the arts, foreign language, physical and health education, as essential parts of a core curriculum.
We favor an integrated curriculum, as the most natural and practical way to learn.
We educate all aspects of our children. We care about social, emotional, and physical well being, as well as academic success.
We believe that high expectations will help bring about high achievement.
We foster self-respect in our children, and cultivate respect for all others in our school, child and adult alike.
We encourage a diversity of teaching styles, approaches, and methods.
We recognize the differences in children, not only the diversity in their learning styles, but cultural differences.
We believe that our diverse socio-economic school community is an important part of our strong educational program.
Above all, we advocate for children, and our efforts on their behalf are positive and nurturing. We teach by example, since we know that our influence on today’s young people will help to determine the future for us all!
Excerpted from the preschool's website