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The school aims to improve learning by providing...

Like most schools, we offer hands-on, project based learning activities, encourage the development of character, participate in community service, and seek to develop lifelong learners to their fullest potential. In order to make our program truly exceptional for students aged 9 to 14, we go beyond these typical characteristics by providing...

  • An intentionally small and close-knit junior boarding school community providing individual attention in small classes
  • An environment with added down-time and limited electronic device engagement to provide students and staff ample time to play, socialize, relax, and recharge
  • Student and teacher feedback loops that promote continual improvement for students, teachers, and the school as a whole
  • A variety of instructional tools and methods to guide learning and develop strong critical thinking skills, including classical, Socratic, Harkness, and Montessori methods
  • Multi-day, educational adventures away from the school campus
  • Interest based activities that are developed by students and staff ranging from building restoration, gardening, and animal husbandry to RC modeling, robotics, and maker space engineering

Boarding Program

  • Family type atmosphere in which staff care for students 24 hours a day
  • Full time house parents that live with students throughout the year
  • Focus on the development of social, life, and executive functioning skills
  • Weekend outings and activities
  • Daily study hall time
  • Supervised Internet access available for study purposes

House parents perform all the administrative and parenting duties of the home they live in. Our houseparents are full time, living with the students, which provides the children with a consistent, structured, and caring environment. House parents are responsible for maintaining a cohesive family unit and maintaining communication with parents, guardians, teachers, and any therapists. They acknowledge appropriate behavior and correct negative behavior, tutor, plan activities and events, counsel/advise, and teach the students to work through daily problems that may come up in the course of a day.

Weekend Activities

The weekend is a time for rest, relaxation, and fun! Weekend activities are planned and directed by our weekend coordinator or other school staff. Activities may include group games, trips to the movies, theme parks, going to the lake, attending a professional sporting event, ice skating, roller skating, laser tag, bowling, white-water rafting, skiing, and other group activities. The weekend also provides time for students to pursue their hobbies and catch up on rest, classwork, or homework.

Daily Schedule

Our schedule is designed to encourage a healthy lifestyle. We include mindfullness moments, fruits and vegetables at meals and for snacks, developmentally appropriate wake-up and bed-time schedule, an afternoon rest time, and nine to ten hours of lights-out so students may get an appropriate and healthy amount of rest and sleep.

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