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Journeys School

700 Coyote Canyon Road
Jackson, WY 83001

(307) 733-3729


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Journeys School is an innovative Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade independent school in Jackson Hole, Wyoming engaging college-bound students with an innovative and challenging curriculum that cultivates life long learning. Our philosophy combines three fundamental areas: a strong core academic program; intentional integration of leadership, communication, collaboration and creativity skills; and a place-based approach where the community, whether local or global, is integrated into the curriculum.
Our approach to early childhood education is grounded in our purpose of integrating ecology, culture and community to ensure academic excellence and personal success. All students experiencing the Journeys School Pre-Kindergarten program will be well-prepared for Kindergarten. A child's natural passion for learning will be supported and nurtured. Focus is on the whole child in the four areas of development: cognitive, language, social-emotional and physical. Both the social and ecological environment are used to enhance and improve all areas of student learning, motivation and behavior. In addition, we aim to pay careful attention to family members, teachers and the physical environment.

Various best practices have influenced our program including research by Dr. Mel Levine, Vygotsky, Piaget and Dewey. In addition to place-based education, one of the primary influences of our program is derived from the key characteristics of the Reggio Emilia approach. We believe that all children are capable, competent, full of potential and have the ability to construct their own learning. We believe that children, families, teachers, parents and communities are interactive and work together to create, share, learn, grow, inspire, and encourage.

A Typical Day

8:15-8:45 Arrival
Children are encouraged to read the morning message with their parents and sign-in before engaging in an activity.

8:45-9:15 Morning Meeting
This is an important time for discussion and reflection on student interests and social challenges that arise during our morning. Spanish is incorporated twice a week through songs, questions and movement.

9:15-10:45 Focused Exploration
Teachers provide materials in many areas of the classroom to stimulate problem-solving, creativity and investigation. Teachers encourage children to expand on their critical thinking skills and focus on the four areas of development: social/emotional, language, cognitive and physical.

10:45-11:45 Outdoor Exploration
Teachers support children's exploration of movement, nature, and play by providing opportunities to utilize the campus' natural spaces and trails.

11:45-12:45 Lunch & Story Time
Children transition to the meeting area after finishing their lunch to listen to a story.

12:45-1:15 Rest and Relaxation

1:15-2:20 Outdoor Play & Snack
Gross motor activities of students' choice in our play yard.

2:25 Thank You Circle
A school wide tradition to appreciate someone or something in your day.

2:30-2:45 Dismissal

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school