Philosophy

Mission

At the Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse, our mission is to be a diverse and accessible learning community that has the freedom to pursue meaningful learning, joy, and connection.

Vision

We will grow slowly into a trusting community of diverse families with Kindergarten through 8th grade children who are inspired to be self-directed learners engaged in finding their talents and mastering their pursuits. We will move toward sustainability by producing zero waste, spending regular time in wilderness, and farming food for the schoolhouse lunches.
Philosophy

Giving children the freedom to pursue their own interests and to follow their innate curiosity will build a love of learning that will carry them into adulthood. Hard work, rising to challenges, and being focused are
developed through the channel of authentic interest. Self-confident children have a strong sense of their unique place in their family, community, and the world, which leads to success.

Teacher-mentors spend time cultivating real relationships with students. Our guidance and curriculum are based on observations of the child, listening to the child’s talk and play, and watching for those growing edges where new horizons can be introduced. A low teacher-to-student ratio promotes meaningful relationships between mentors and each child, and blocks of self-directed time encourages peer-to-peer learning.

We work in partnership with parents to raise happy, engaged children. Parents are experts on their children, and teachers have a wealth of experience to share, so facilitating communication and trust between us is central to our program. We welcome parent involvement through volunteering at the schoolhouse and soliciting project ideas and skills to share with the kids. We build community through monthly Park Days and a Spring camp-out.

Children need to spend a lot of time outdoors learning about, connecting to, and falling in love with nature in a concrete way. Their health and the health of the earth depend on it.

Children learn best when they have plenty of hands-on experiences. Doing and creating in this way allows them to construct their own understandings. Real life learning is meaningful in their lives.

Children need opportunities to develop equally all parts of themselves, including social skills / conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, self awareness, and physical development, in addition to academic learning.

Children need a multi-age environment where they have the opportunity to learn from older peers and model for younger ones. Age diversity also promotes acceptance of all learning styles and speeds.

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