The curriculum at High Meadow seeks to be reflective of many voices, as we build classroom discourse that acknowledges, encourages, and tolerates divergent points of view. We provide the opportunities to build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for our students to face the responsibilities of leading a just and diverse world. Through the modeling and the respect of the adults around them, students learn how to effectively self-advocate, exhibit care, take responsibility for their choices, and be excited about learning new things. Our curriculum and learning community centers on five concepts:
Children learn best when they feel included and emotionally safe. We build a community of belonging each day through class meetings, advisories, and our social-emotional literacy curriculum. We integrate kindness, inclusivity, and social responsibility into everything we do.
Personal and Social Responsibility
Every student has a purpose and value to offer the community. We support our students in discovering what they have to give and offer many opportunities to do so. Learning the impact of one person’s contributions builds empathy and a sense of one’s place in the world.
Our students are driven by curiosity, allowed to wonder and to follow a line of inquiry that is personally meaningful, authentic, and exciting. Curiosity and choice are woven into a curriculum that encourages students to think creatively and learn deeply with a sense of purpose and joy.
We work with our students to identify their strengths, talents, and passions. Through choice-making, learning and refining skills, and a curriculum centered on continuous and appropriate challenges, our students develop resilience and a sense of their own competence.
Every student has the capacity for independent thought and action, which we promote with a curriculum that encourages original thought and innovation, and honors the individual. Speaking up for oneself, or for another, taking a divergent path, or possessing a unique interest or attribute is always supported.