A Great School, Deconstructed

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What makes a great school?

To me, there are just four fundamentals: The first essential: passionate teachers who strive to understand and meet the needs of each student.  These are Evergreen-type teachers who consistently create an environment that is supportive, challenging and safe. They are more than experts in their field; they are compassionate, patient and understanding.

The second essential: engaged parents who participate in the life of the school.  Again, Evergreen-type parents regularly visit the school, participate in family playdates and coffees, attend ESPA meetings and lend a hand at school functions.  Thank to our parents  for enthusiastically giving us their time and your talent.

The third essential: a vision for education that aligns with our modern understanding of how children learn and develop life skills.  On this measure, our Montessori philosophy supports current research in education and emphases a holistic approach to learning that is proven to be successful.  The fact that our system of education allows children to learn in a natural way, free from coercion, is why their is so much joy here.

And the fourth essential: open, honest and frequent two-way communication.  From parent coffees to parent association meetings, to newsletters, observation days and conferences, our goal is to let our parents know what is happening at school– and hear how their children are doing at home.  Its a two-way road.

There  are more qualities that are important in schools, but these four: great teachers, engaged parents, a guiding philosophy of learning and communication are key.

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