From composting and recycling to the choice of materials and systems in our newly renovated facility, we strive to incorporate sustainable practices into daily life at the school. One of the central goals for our graduates is that they understand humans are one part of an intricate planetary life cycle and that they have a reciprocal relationship with their environment.
Corlears takes a collaborative approach to all aspects of community life in and out of the classroom and is grounded in the values of equality and social justice.
In multiple ways, the curriculum focuses on the interrelationship and interaction of people and their environment. Learning to participate in community life is emphasized. Classroom jobs, weekly assemblies and community outreach are vital aspects of the program. Teachers value student inquiry and model what it means to listen actively and to value the perspective of others.
Teachers, specialists and parents work to create an environment that welcomes a variety of learning styles and is a place of warmth and acceptance. Children learn what it means to welcome one another with respect for individual strengths and challenges, to be empathetic and to persist in solving difficult problems. Care and attention are given to all – even the animals who live among us.
One of our most beloved examples of valuing individual voices is our weekly assembly. Every Friday morning all students (except 2/3s) gather in the gym to sing together and share significant classroom events. The host class shares stories from the 2/3s classes since they are too young for such a large crowd. Stories are told, poems are read, and drawings and charts are displayed, as the children express pride and excitement in their work. Children are learning to appreciate, without judging, all of the forms that exploration and learning can take.