What is the advantage of a K-8 school, or in our case, a toddler through 8th grade school?
Our teachers are age-level specialists. Our Early Childhood Program teachers draw inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Maria Montesorri, and Project Based Learning. And, we look to our students for inspiration and direction as we plan lessons. Our lower school and middle school teachers build Chapels, programs, and activities with the developmental needs of the students in mind.
Our focus on community means that every child is known. Our students know their classmates, teachers, administrators, parents, and staff. Every voice, at every level, is important and heard.
Dr. Michael Thompson, psychologist and private school thought leader, made a compelling case for K-8 schools in his book: It’s a Boy: Your Son’s Development from Birth to Age 18. (We highly recommend all of Dr. Thompson’s books!)
“I support the return to schools with a K-8 configuration, because it helps middle school students to be able to see where they have come from, developmentally speaking. It is good for them to run into their first and fourth grade teachers and be recognized. In an elementary school they have the opportunity to be the leaders of younger children, which they surely can be, if we give them the chance.”
Every day, our older students interact with their former teachers, share space with students of all ages, and get a chance to be leaders and role models for our younger students. Through the Buddy Program, Chapel Leadership Team, and in their daily interactions, our older students have the opportunity to positively influence the school community.