Educational Philosophy

The Co-op School believes that joyful learning lays the foundation for lifelong learning and critical thinking; creativity cannot exist without passion. We are a progressive constructivist educational program that teaches to the individualities of every child and every unique classroom. We believe that children learn best when they are invested in finding out the answers to their questions and when learning is embedded in meaningful contexts. This 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. We are creating a curriculum with and for children to help them think and communicate as readers, writers, scientists, mathematicians, artists, and social scientists. In this way, children’s innate curiosity can be expressed purposefully through project-based learning, enabling them to experience the joy of self-motivated learning. Fostering self-expression and creativity are significant parts of our ethos and each classroom reads, writes, counts, paints, dances, draws, makes collages, acts, constructs, works with wood, uses blocks, thinks creatively and enjoys their time at school!

Servicing Those with Special Needs
Our educators work to ensure that each student is receiving an education targeting their cognitive, social and emotional needs. We conduct an observational period at the start of the school year to get to know our students and their needs. During this time, if a child is identified as needing additional supports we conduct a more in depth study including observations, parent interviews and assessments. If we conclude additional services are needed, we will support and guide families through the evaluation process and advocate for a child to receive services. These services include special education teachers, occupational therapy, counseling, speech and language and physical therapy. We will accommodate outside providers in our program to the best of our ability in the space we lend and in our collaboration. Families join us in this process so a child can receive the support he or she need. Services though, are provided by outside agencies, and parents must assist in arranging, maintaining their services every year. If children do not receive support and parents cannot provide independent support, or a child’s needs are beyond the school’s resources and training, the school will work with the family to identify a setting where the child’s needs will be met.