The progressive and independent curriculum at High Meadow School reflects our student-centered approach, fostering classroom discourse that acknowledges, encourages, and embraces diverse and divergent points of view. 
We support students as they build the knowledge, skills, and dispositions required to take on the work of creating a more just and sustainable world. In that vein, service is an essential value embedded in the philosophy and curriculum of our school. Students of all ages participate in school-based community service as well as local service opportunities and national global efforts, and in the Upper School, are required to fulfill service hours as part of the curriculum. 
With the modeling and respect of the adults around them, students learn how to think critically and empathetically, to effectively self-advocate, to take responsibility for their choices, to embrace community, and to love learning. 
Our curriculum centers on five concepts:

Children learn best when they feel included and emotionally safe. We build a community of belonging each day through student-centered class meetings and our use of the Positive Discipline curriculum. We integrate kindness, inclusivity, and social responsibility into everything we do.

Personal and Social Responsibility

We believe every child has a purpose and something to offer their community. We support our students in discovering what they have to give, and appreciating the impact of each person’s contributions to the group. We extend this work into our larger community through a commitment to encourage service and democratic participation.


Our students are driven by curiosity, allowed to wonder out loud, and to follow lines of inquiry that are personally meaningful, authentic, and exciting to them. Curiosity, choice, and self-expression 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. With frequent opportunities for choice, we aim to provide continuous and appropriate challenges through differentiated learning. We strive to develop both students’  sense of competence and their resilience in the face of uncertainty.


We promote every student’s capacity for independent thought and action by encouraging original ideas and innovation and honoring difference, giftedness, and individual voice. Teachers respect unique interests and attributes, support speaking up for oneself and others, and make space for alternative paths to learning.

Nursery Program

Our Nursery school program fosters a love of learning through open-ended play and interpersonal connection-making. Children learn through self-directed discovery and with the support of their teachers to question, understand, and imagine, and to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and knowledge. Read more...


Preschool Program

High Meadow School offers a warm, stimulating, child-centered Pre-K environment that supports both the growth of the individual and awareness of membership in a school community. Read more...


Social Studies

Students at High Meadow are researchers, historians, anthropologists, and sociologists. Teachers engage students’ innate curiosity, developing their ability to make connections across time and place and to create original meaning from diverse information. Read more...


Language Arts

Critical thinking, reading comprehension, inference-making, written expression -- these are skills vital to learning across all subjects. That’s one reason we integrate the language arts -- reading, writing, speaking, and listening -- into all areas of our curriculum. Read more...



We approach math with a sense of wonder. In the early years, through play and discovery, students take up simple counting and one-to-one correspondence activities. Teachers use graphing, number lines, and daily calendar activities to develop concepts of basic numeracy. Read more...


Inspired by the researched-backed Next Generation Science Standards, our Science Curriculum takes an integrated approach to exploring the four domains of science: physical science, life science, earth and space science, and engineering. Read more...


The Arts

The visual and performing arts are woven throughout the High Meadow School curriculum, with students of all ages taking part in artistic inquiry every day. Read more...



The Spanish program at High Meadow is reflective of the school’s independent, creative approach. Through relevant curriculum and extracurricular opportunities, we encourage community wide appreciation of Spanish language and culture both locally and globally. Read more...


Physical Education

The focus of our Physical Education program is to foster a child’s positive attitude towards physical endeavor, as well as empower all students to adopt regular, lifelong physical activity as one of the cornerstones of a healthy, productive, and fulfilling life. Read more...