Our Philosophy

The Mead School cultivates the skills and values needed for emotionally, socially, and intellectually fulfilling lives. We believe that each child possesses innate curiosity and passion for learning, and that when these are sparked, children learn eagerly and joyously.

Mission

The Mead School inspires and challenges students to achieve deep learning and become independent, creative thinkers.


Cognitive & developmental research endorses experiential learning.
Founded over forty years ago, Mead School is committed to setting the standard in progressive education for children, six weeks old to eighth grade. Our approach is built upon cognitive and developmental research that shows that individualized, experiential learning provides the most rewarding education for children. Our curriculum encourages depth of understanding and higher-order thinking as we engage students' senses and their passion for discovery.

Expressive Arts are integral to the Mead School experience.
Beginning with our youngest children in the Early Learning Centers, The Expressive Arts (Art, Music, Physical Development, Movement and Español) are key to our approach. As children grow, and are ready to receive, we integrate the expressive arts and academics to create a classroom environment alive with excitement and curiosity, one that encourages profound learning by exposing students to different perspectives and fresh ways of applying their knowledge.

Celebrating academic excellence and personal achievement in an atmosphere of respect rather than competition and comparison.
Our students respect the differences that make everyone unique. We know that children thrive when they feel both nurtured and challenged. We guide our students through the demands and rewards of intellectual pursuit, as well as social and emotional development, so that they are well prepared to create meaningful lives.


Five Tenets Guide Mead’s Mission & Philosophy

I. The Mead School provides each student with a knowledge of self and the skills to be an effective autonomous learner.

From the youngest participant in our Early Learning Centers, and on up through the Eighth Grader, the Mead student is learning about him or herself and developing the skills to relate and respond to the community and the environment. Students learn not only to acquire knowledge, but also to use it: to negotiate, pursue, confront, act, follow through, risk, receive, retrieve, and express knowledge. This process fosters in each student a positive self-image as a life-long learner.

II. The Mead School understands that human development is a process and honors each individual's right to be his or her unique self. Mead supports the development of the whole child.

Each person is unique and develops in his or her own way. In addition to teachers in core academic subjects, including the arts, the Mead student receives individual attention from a teacher whose sole responsibility is to advocate for the social, emotional and educational well-being of the child. Parents and caregivers engage in a dynamic relationship with staff to understand and participate in this process. This partnership helps children negotiate an educational pathway that integrates personal development with academic achievement.

III. The Mead School believes that respect for others is essential. Mead is a community, existing within a global community.

Each person must learn to function, contribute and find fulfillment within the community. While the community supports individual expression, each person must learn to respect the needs and goals of others. Our program helps students to recognize and value this balance. Many aspects of diversity are woven into daily life at Mead, and students experience the broad array of ideas and perspectives in their social and learning processes that are necessary to understand and embrace a diverse and interconnected world.

IV. The Mead School is committed to progressive education. Acquiring knowledge is a supple process, not a fixed or linear one.

Mead's committed faculty presents a thoughtful and intentional educational program, exposing students to a rich curriculum that demands complex thinking and offers many avenues for learning. Students work with faculty to become partners in the educational process. By voicing their goals and committing to the process of learning, they become stewards of their own education. The School's educational approach incorporates current findings in neuroscience and educational research about the brain-body connection. A Mead education emphasizes concentration, reasoning, investigation, evaluation, intuition, reflection and decision-making.

V. The Mead School is an accepting and a patient place for children to grow and learn.

All members of the Mead community ... teachers, families, and students ... are honored, accepted, supported, and addressed clearly and honestly. Students must feel safe to take the educational and personal risks necessary to acquire skills and self-confidence. This approach reflects the value Mead places on individuality, but also an awareness that long-term learning occurs when the learner has a positive emotional connection with the experience.
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