Community, independence and joyful learning.

Our program strives to develop students' social and emotional intelligence and create flexible thinkers and independent problem solvers. We want students to feel invested in their learning, comfortable taking academic risks and committed to listening to the ideas of others.

The annual worm sale gives kindergarten students the opportunity to learn about gardening, biology and economics—and become personally invested in their education through collaboration and hands-on work.


Key Characteristics

  • A focus on social and emotional growth and healthy habits of mind using the Responsive Classroom model.

  • Hands-on, experiential and collaborative work that encourages students to take ownership of their learning.

  • The use of differentiated instruction to cater to a range of learning styles.

  • Learning through play, creativity, and trial and error.

Curricular Highlights

Self-portrait project. Students explore a variety of techniques for creating self-portraits then present their work in a gallery exhibition for friends and families.


Gardening. Students learn about botany, horticulture, social justice and environmental stewardship through the practice of gardening.


Choice Time. In this free, unstructured classroom time, students are given the opportunity to socialize, explore and engage in imaginative play.

Kindergarteners receive basic instruction in Spanish using a story-based learning system called Teaching Proficiency Through Reading and Storytelling.