Why Choose Schoolhouse?

The Schoolhouse Learning Center is an independent school and has served students from PreKindergarten (4 1/2 years old) to Grade 6.

Curriculum: We are committed to the following educational values:

  • academic excellence for each child with respect for each child’s individual learning style, interests, and development
  • joy in learning through active inquiry and opportunities for self-direction through academic choice
  • aesthetic expression
  • diversity and cultural awareness
  • development of problem solving, conflict resolution and leadership skills through experiential learning and cooperative and collaborative learning
  • teacher as facilitator and coach
  • place-based learning
  • multi-age and small-group learning
  • parent involvement
  • formative and portfolio assessments that are individualized and responsive to developmental needs of students
  • five-year vision will add to curriculum in the areas of science, math, technology, and sustainability

Social: Our core concepts of trust, sharing, responsibility, respect and belonging are embraced by our community of parents, teachers, and students.

Community: Many events and opportunities bring our community together.

Added Value:

  • full-sized gym for physical activity and displays
  • large circular community meeting space
  • commitment to support low- and moderate-income families through dedicated scholarships

WHAT MAKES THE SH UNIQUE?

We look forward to integrating our new vision with the qualities that already make Schoolhouse unique. Our curriculum, commitment to social development, and strong community will be strengthened by our goals for the future.

Curriculum: We are committed to the following educational values:

  • academic excellence for each child
  • respect for each child’s individual learning style, interests, and development
  • community based on relationship building and
  • joy in learning through active inquiry
  • aesthetic expression
  • diversity and cultural awareness
  • opportunities for self-direction through academic choice
  • development of problem solving, conflict resolution and leadership skills through experiential learning
  • cooperative and collaborative learning
  • teacher as facilitator and coach
  • place-based learning
  • multi-age and small-group learning.
  • parent involvement
  • formative and portfolio assessments that are individualized and responsive to developmental needs of students

Through our relational and differentiated teaching, we create a community of confident learners who can advocate for themselves. Our new vision will allow us to add to our curriculum in the areas of science, math, technology, and sustainability.

Social: Our core concepts of trust, sharing, responsibility, respect and belonging are embraced by our community of parents, teachers, and students.

At the Schoolhouse, there is minimal separation between home and school. Teachers communicate with parents virtually every day through class letters, blogs, and informal conversations. Students understand this is their place to be valued and can feel safe because they see their parents spending time there. Our community grows from experiencing our core concepts at the youngest age group on up through the adults who contribute to life at Schoolhouse. Children come to embody our core concepts through multi-age groupings in classrooms, short courses, and job partners. Teachers model social skills every day; our intentional modeling values each child and strengthens our community.

Community: There are many events and opportunities that bring our community together.

  • Fundraisers – Fall Fundraiser, Mother’s Day Brunch Bags
  • Opening and Closing Days
  • Science, Culture, and Art Display
  • Kwanzaa Ceremony
  • School Play
  • Community Meetings
  • Social Events
  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Job Partners – older and younger students working together to care for the school, solve problems, and organize our displays
  • Circle leaders – older students leading our morning and closing circles daily
  • Commitment to family involvement including at Board of Trustees level

In addition to our curriculum, social development and integral community, Schoolhouse is unique because of the following attributes:

  • full-sized gym for physical activity and displays
  • large circular community meeting space
  • commitment to support low- and moderate-income families through dedicated scholarships
    28 acres of wetland including three ponds and a small stream