Teaching By the Numbers?
When comparing schools, many focus on scores and numbers.
Here are some numbers from The Children's School:
Year Our School Opened / Faculty Years of Experience
Engaged Student Learners
The Limit on
Students per Class
Letter Grades or
That's right. Zero grades and zero standardized tests. We work with each child individually, gauging their progress by carefully evaluating the quality of their work. We watch the improvement in their reading, writing and math skills from project to project; their behavior and experience in the classroom and their enthusiasm for learning. Whenever we see a chance to do more to help a child learn, we take action: We change things up - work with them one on one - increase the challenge or reduce it for a time.
Since every child's learning style and potential is unique,
we focus on numbers that really matter:
Combined number of all class field trips taken by
The Children's School in
Number of trout minnows in our
6th grade Great Lakes biosystem project
Number of pottery wheels
in our Art Studio
Estimated number of worms in our Kindergarten vermiculture bin
Amount raised by our 4th and 5th Graders for Westside Health Authority in a student-managed "Hootenanny" event to help other kids in our communities be able to see a doctor when they're sick
Number of original songs scored, written and performed by our middle schoolers at the Madison Street Theater in their musical play "Steamworks"
Number of natural wooden blocks in our block room, in 23 assorted shapes
Number of sack lunches packed in our kitchen once a month by our students to serve a nearby homeless shelter program
Number of coral species crocheted by third graders during their project on
coral reefs ecosystems
Number of allergy screened classroom pets voted on and cared for by the students
Specific learning goals in our social justice curriculum for elementary students
Number of outside mentors and experts brought in this year to meet with specific students regarding their interests, or answer questions on projects
As you can see, at The Children's School we have lots of fantastic numbers.
And yet, the best reason to choose our school is this:
We'll never treat your child like one.
We believe education isn't a "paint by number" proposition. Sitting in a desk all day and memorizing facts may suit a small number of children. We've found that most children are more engaged when they play an active role in choosing what they want to learn. We give them a supervised group framework, a broad range of resources, experiences and projects, all based on their individual and group interests.
The time we save by eliminating standardized tests, leaves time for counting our students' tangible
achievements, and counting new ways we can enrich their learning experience.