Our concept of a holistic education includes a commitment to the whole child, the whole student body, the whole community, and the whole world.
Our Facilitators use our students' strengths, personalities and learning styles as a starting point as they design a curriculum that addresses the state educational standards. If a child expresses an interest in a particular topic, these interests are incorporated into the curriculum, thereby making learning alive. Our facilitators see themselves as guides and partners, and our low staff-to-student ratio allows them the flexibility and freedom to embrace learning opportunities as they arise and as they fit into the learning objectives for each group.
We emphasize a balance between self-care and responsibility to others, and allow our students personal freedom within the daily rhythms we have established in our school. Our multi-age classrooms help to minimize many of the social conflicts that are evident in traditional school settings. We are further able to minimize disputes by giving our students a voice in the rule-setting process. However, when disagreements do arise, our staff introduces tools to the children, including the Peace Mat, useful social scripts, and a quiet space where children can go when they simply need a break from the group, that help them to navigate the complicated waters of relationships.
We welcome parents and community members into our classrooms, and strive to keep the lines of communication between staff and parents wide open with our monthly newsletters, parent-facilitator conversations (our version of a parent-teacher conference), and parent education gatherings. We take our students out into the community on walking trips to local businesses and civic buildings, and on community service projects which have included a trash removal project at Natirar, bluebird box monitoring at Rock A Bye Meadow, and regular visits to Bryan Manor, a nearby nursing home.
The health of our students and our planet are a high priority for us. We use environmentally-friendly products and serve organic, whole-food snacks. We fill our space with objects made from natural materials as much as possible, and often obtain these things second-hand.
Wellspring Community School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs.
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