Our Approach

At The Village School, children are trusted to do something else besides soak up knowledge: They are trusted to be able to be responsible for themselves. Our Learner Driven Community puts children at the center of their learning, allowing them to create and maintain personal goals and relational covenants where “Learning to Do” and “Learning to Be” are even more important than “Learning to Know.”

Our promises to your child

They will:

  • Begin a Hero's Journey
  • Learn to be a curious, independent, lifelong learner.
  • Develop a deep respect for economic, political and religious freedoms.
  • Cherish the arts, wonders of the physical world and the mysteries of life on Earth.
  • Discover his or her most precious gifts and learn to use them to solve difficult problems.
  • Understand the importance of strong character.
  • Value a healthy lifestyle of mind and body.
Promises

Our Methods of Learning

Learn to know
Socratic Guiding

Socratic Discussions and self paced challenges equip children to be independent lifelong learners.

Learn to know
eLearning

We use the latest in educational technology in a purposeful, meaningful way, allowing students to learn at their own ability level and at their own pace.

Learn to do
Hands-on & Quest-based learning

Hands-on Quests for Science, Entrepreneurship and the Arts prepare children for Apprenticeships and real world challenges.

Learn to be
Student-driven learning

Children become empowered learners through a democratic environment in which they have choice and voice in the learning process.

JOY + RIGOR + GRIT = MASTERY

Joy

Deep learning brings a special sense of joy, but embracing rigor is part of saying ‘yes’ to a Hero’s Journey. Mastery requires commitment, discipline and hard work towards a worthy goal.

What sets us apart

  • Small class size
  • Mixed-age studios
  • Independent thinking
  • Strong community utilization
  • Students learn at their own pace
  • No homework
  • Hands-on & e-learning
  • Socratic Guiding
  • Travel is encouraged
  • Outdoor Education and Play

The Village School students learn together in a mixed age studio, bringing the classic one-room school house into the modern age. Students learn to mentor and be mentored by one another. Our Guides (our term for teachers) are not lecturers, but act as facilitators of student growth.

Resources

We’ve listed some of the resources that have helped inform and inspire our approach, as well as a few others to help you explore some of the current thinking around best practices in the world of education.

Books
Articles
Videos

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