This school develops a strong sense of respect seeing others as equals. Which also enhances their personal well being by having healthy self esteem. Some adults may find that being seen as an equal a threat to their age status but that is a problem of self esteem that these kids will not suffer from.
The kids work though the problems, they have with others, under a teacher who acts as a mediator to make sure kids are kept safe and heard throughout the interaction.
This is acted out through empathy, dialogue, and overall a respectful mindfulness so there is no shame nor blame.
This school is amazing and focuses on experiential or "play based" learning.
Kids learn how to problem solve, and enjoy learning by enabling their individual curiosity to flourish, rather than learning in a traditional "one size fits all" dynamic.
My daughter has truly grown an incredible knowledge of natural science, biology, physics, and mathematics and she's in the equivalent of first grade.
At the annual School Bazar the Mountain Yard (Elementary) kids delve into entrepreneurship by conceptualizing an idea for a booth, developing a product or monetization concept and then they earn actual income with the school taking a percentage as a booth rental fee, that goes towards fundraising for scholarships! This is first hand math skills combined with money management skills and much more.
I'm highly impressed and amazed by my daughter's total development. Its no wonder why many of the parents are psychologists, free thinkers, and even traditional and private school teachers themselves!
This school is indeed only suitable for a limited group of families. Though I appreciate the school's diversity and inherent focus on interaction with other children, I have not seen such positive interactions with adults or people outside the school. Furthermore, my child is struggling with basic writing, reading, and math. When asked about her day, she replies that she spends it playing and believes that teachers are there to just watch her and not help her learn new things.
Daughter is 3 and has been there 2m. I was not sure of the play based nature, wanting a little more academic rigor. Having looked into the philosophy and thought about what I want for my child I have come to love the idea. I want my daughter to love learning and be capable of organizing learning for herself. This way she will be well served her whole life. Many good things to say: -High teacher student ratio. 1:2 to 1:3 -Mostly outside under trees. Kids move around -Autonomy, responsibility and control for the children within boundaries -Academics are problem solving rather than ABC -Navigating relationships and conflict resolution are important -The staff are lovely, caring, highly attentive and always present -Community is great -LOT of diversity I asked a lot of different people how students go after leaving the school. The reports I've been getting satisfy me that the students are not left lacking after they leave the school. In many cases they out perform the existing children at their new schools! The parenting course is awesome. I learned a lot and in fact I apply it more to my adult relationships and business than I do to my child! This school is not for everyone.