- A place where a child can grow and learn as a whole person.
- A place where children can develop thinking and working attitudes that empower them to take over their own growth.
- A place that honors and encourages children’s vision, tenacity, initiative, imagination, generosity, and exploration.
- A place that is defined by the bounding level of excitement, enthusiasm, creativity, ingenuity, inquisitiveness and individual and community satisfaction.
- A place that invokes vibrancy and trust among children and adults alike.
- A place where children can find their voice and participate in a democratic community.
- A place where learning is defined by no one and by everyone.
Voyagers’ Community School curriculum is shaped by “The Reggio Approach,” a child centered educational method developed after World War II in Reggio Emilia, Italy. This approach recognizes that each child is strong, confident and capable. We bring these tenets alive in the classrooms through a deep understanding of educational theory and cutting-edge pedagogical practices.
We provide children with meaningful experiences for play and exploration, which is their work, while nourishing their potential as individuals. In our space children learn in a continuum; they move from easier to more difficult material and from simple to more complex strategies at their own pace, rather than being promoted once a year or waiting until the next school year to move forward in the curriculum.
Children take part in the entire cycle of learning:
Interest, investigation, questions, inquiry, research, dialogue, connections, reflections, expression… Interest
The core values reflected in our Philosophy of Education fall under five subheadings:
- The culture as teacher
- The teacher as learner; the learner as teacher
- The administrator, teacher, student and parent as colleagues
- The community as teacher and communicator
- The work of learning
The thought reflected within each of these headings collectively express who we are, why we exist, and what we hope to accomplish in and outside of our school.
The culture as teacher:
Culture is a way of being in existence with others. The culture at Voyagers’ is reflected in the atmosphere that exists within our boundaries and among our members. Together we recognize and encourage intellectual and social prowess. We are people who are intensely aware of the possibilities in life and who are driven to stretch beyond what is expected and obvious. Students evolve as individuals, as members of a broader community and as global citizens. Each Voyagers’ student grows to deeply understand his or her self.
The teacher as learner; the learner as teacher:
The acquisition of knowledge is not limited by individual imagination, but is bolstered by the power and richness of thinking and sharing. Knowledge grows from relationships of trust, fairness and regard for others. This allows for critique, debate, failure, wonder and success. Through intellectual exchange, we teach each other and learn with each other.
The administrator, teacher, student and parent as colleagues:
The sense of responsibility and passion that rises in our students when they are involved in community work contributes to their evolution as good, civic-minded individuals who give and support others in society. Together our administrators, teachers and parents compose a strong, vibrant, and active community that works and plays together. We stretch beyond the walls of our school and into surrounding neighborhoods. This serves as a guide and an inspiration for our students.
The community as teacher and communicator:
At Voyagers’ there is never a stagnant mind, an expected way of doing things or a prescribed right and wrong. There are always questions to ask and answers to be found. There is always a willingness to impart knowledge and an acceptance of the knowledge imparted by others. Learning is driven by the need to know and the thrill that emerges in sharing and debating ideas. Together in dialogue we enrich each other’s lives.
The work of learning:
In our school there is joy, passion, kindness, liveliness, acceptance, and inclusion as we learn. All members work to participate with intellectual, social and political awareness. We feel empowered and inspired to reach deep into our own being to find wholeness and personal truth. Knowledge is power and all children deserve the best possible opportunity to learn and feel confident and smart.
Our students are learning for life!