The Patchwork School encourages people, regardless of age, to come together with their needs and ideas and express themselves. Behaviors that impact others, or the environment are supported compassionately, while validating all perspectives. Conflict resolution is mediated by peers and/or staff until everyone reaches consensus, at the vary least a solution is tried and then reevaluated. All feelings are excepted, and listened to until their expression can be offered through Non-Violent Communication. Students experience their right to contribute to the community everyday, through self initiated plans, community offerings and community responsibilities. Community members care for multiple animals and contribute to the wider community weather through student initiated visits to perform at geriatric facilities, trips to the wildlife sanctuary or petitioning for the legalization of chickens in Louisville. Most importantly youth are trusted to learn at their own pace that which will serve their development as whole individuals with varied strengths and weaknesses. Young people learn how to find information and support. They are motivated by intrinsic passion to overcome challenges that stand in their way and are willing to ask for help because they have experienced non judgement. The Patchwork School advocated for The Rights of The Child. In order to do that work, staff and parents are supported deeply through the work of reflection in order to shift to this new paradigm. Patchwork offers Parent and Teachers Resource Groups and communication workshops in order to support the adults in combating the isolation that is typical of their roles. Adults connect with others so that they may unwind their stories and be more present to those in their care. Young people are seen as capable and connected and any off track behavior is seen as the expression of an unmet need that the community will work to support. I am grateful that my children have a safe place to grow together, in community, and are trusted in their every ability, cared for deeply in their hardest times as well as celebrated when they shine. Now, if only teachers and Non-Profits could earn a sustainable living they could really change the world for future generations! My wish is for our passion project to be experienced by those who choose to honor their children's ability to learn at their own pace.
My son has been part of Patchwork K-12 for 3 years and it has been a really good experience for him and our family. Patchwork is his second family and community. All of the children are treated with great respect and are cherished for the unique beings that they are and they master the basics of relationship, communication and negotiation that many adults have never learned.
I could not be happier that we found the Patchwork for my son. It has been monumental in his development socially and academically as well as for his overall happiness. Watching his connection to others and love for learning blossom and grow over the years has been priceless, and having the ability to have choices in his education has allowed him to discover his own interests and become who he really is on this journey. It's obvious that the teachers and staff truly care and have each students well-being at heart.
We love Patchwork! The teachers are caring, patient and really want to know my kids. The students learn how to handle "real life" situations through critical thinking of the whole group. Rules are explained logically, never just because an adult said so. My son has wonderful interpersonal and emotional skills thanks to Patchwork, and these are areas usually ignored by traditional schools.
I am grateful to have found Patchwork School. I appreciate how they create a learning environment that is conducive to stages in our children's brain development. The sense of community and the support in parenting is excellent. My child enjoys each day they go to Patchwork and has an enriching experience with a lot of joy to report back to us. The only thing that is tough is that they require us to provide 9 snacks a year as well as contribute time to clean. This can be tough on any busy family, and to an extent, feels unreasonable considering the cost to attend.
Patchwork is amazing. You simply will never find a group of teachers more dedicated, interested and in tune with your child. We have been elsewhere and toured dozens of schools and we never experienced the quality that we do at Patchwork.
Dropping your kid off at Patchwork feels like dropping them at a long-time friend's house. There's a strong sense of community, the kids love it, and the teachers love the kids like family. It may not be for everyone though - if you don't want your kid coming home dirty and tired, think about a more traditional school.
This school's philosophy seems to encourage children to regulate their own behavior to a far greater degree than a typical school. There are many positive aspects to this philosophy, in terms of development of human potential and spirit. As a school... I'm not sure it's really a school. It seems to breed socially inappropriate behavior. It has no evident curriculum that would prepare students for educational settings other than Patchwork. It's, quite frankly, a mess. It's not clear that critical issues that threaten the school would be addressed. The earnest commitment to the ideal of democratic education is laudable, but its practical application leads to a Lord of the Flies atmosphere for children. The school's ideology may be at odds with its viability. It certainly does have excellent human assets and heart. With changes, it might be equipped to become the full-service school it aims to be.