The Mead School


Mead's Approach to Education


Welcome from the Interim Head of School

Welcome to Mead!

At The Mead School, we prize the fact that our children are engaged and active in learning. Work here is joyful and purposeful. Mead students become increasingly self-aware because we provide them with experiences they should have, along with experiences they must have, to be their best selves – thoughtful, engaged and independent community members, creative thinkers and self-advocates.

Mead honors reflection. Many of our students begin their journey at Mead as infants, while others join our ranks in later years. We believe that deep learning comes through a combination of mental and physical engagement, balancing traditional skill mastery with developing a critical eye and inquisitive, unconventional  thinking. We honor our children’s perspectives and appreciate the experiences of those around us. Our graduates often defy expectation; they become engineers, oceanographers, doctors, musicians, fighter pilots, lawyers, educators, dancers, entrepreneurs and writers. We are proud that they are also thoughtful contributors to their communities.

Mead’s environment creates an atmosphere where children find their passions and learn to comfortably take some risks in ways that differ from most of our larger, surrounding schools, in a spacious building that is nonetheless intimate. Because of our size and philosophy, students expect to ask and answer hard questions, and form close relationships with their peers and teachers. Our vision, for a long time ahead of the game, is, in this unpredictable world, increasingly the education schools aspire to offer. I invite you to spend time browsing through this page to discover more about The Mead Approach - such as our unique Seven School Skills, our Mission & Philosophy, and our Academic Programs.

Come to see our school. A personal visit is by far the best way to experience the Mead difference when circumstances permit, but our 360 virtual tour and a phone call will be a good start!

Peter Herzberg
Interim Head of School

The Mead Seven School Skills

Values that define our school, skills that empower our students.

The Mead Seven School Skills represent our overarching approach to education and learning. These skills enable students to advocate effectively for themselves during and after their time at Mead.


Our Mission

To inspire and challenge students to achieve deep learning and become independent, creative thinkers.

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.

The 'Five Tenets' of The Mead School:

The guiding principles behind our Mission & Philosophy.

Strong student-teacher relationships & small class sizes nurture a child's full potential.

The Mead School's approach is built upon cognitive and developmental research that shows that individualized, experiential learning provides the most rewarding education for children. 

Our small class sizes allow teachers to develop strong relationships with each child, discovering individual strengths, talents, and challenges. Teachers work collaboratively with students, tapping into their unique insights and passions, to guide them to their full potential. Ultimately, our goal is to have students take the lead in their own learning.


The Founding Vision of Dr. Elaine de Beauport

Click on the image of Dr. de Beauport below to read how the story of Mead began, and has continued to grow in support of its rich foundation throughout its over fifty year history.

Education Inspired by Research: The Vision of Dr. Elaine de Beauport


Our Credentials

The Mead School is funded by tuition and donations. Incorporated by the State of Connecticut, we are fully accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, of which we are a member. We are also a member of The National Association of Independent Schools. The Mead School Board of Trustees sets operating policies.