Educational Philosophy

We are a progressive constructivist program that teaches to the individualities of every child and every unique classroom. The Co-op School models its curriculum based on these following beliefs:

  • Joyful learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning and critical thinking.
  • Creativity cannot exist without passion.
  • Children learn best when they are invested in finding out the answers to their questions and when learning is embedded in meaningful contexts, which makes learning fun and engaging.
  • It is important to us to educate the entire child on all levels: emotional, social, physical, and intellectual.
  • Students work as a group and think as individuals, expressing feelings and contributing ideas peacefully and respectfully.

An integral part of our curriculum are our inquiry-based projects, influenced by the Reggio Emilia model, as they encourage questioning, exploration, and critical thinking. The term “Project” refers to an in-depth look into a particular topic, usually undertaken by a class working on subtopics in small or whole groups, occasionally even individually. This approach to learning emphasizes children’s active participation in the planning, development, and assessment of their own learning. Long-term projects provide contexts where innate curiosity can be expressed purposefully. This enables children to experience the joy of self-motivated learning. They read, construct, research, interview, and recreate in various mediums. They go on trips, interview experts, and have lively debates and conversations. Our teachers are observers and facilitators to the students’ interests. They step back and listen. They allow the children chances to problem solve. They document their ideas, questions, struggles, connections, and insights. Teachers ask provoking questions to gather prior knowledge and learn about curiosities. Visit our Elementary School and Education Events pages for a detailed look at how these projects unfold throughout the school year.