Academic Philosophy + Learner Profile

Woodland School Academics

Our Academic Philosophy

Our students’ innate sense of wonder is the foundation of learning at Woodland School [1]. Teachers craft meaningful, multisensory learning experiences which enable creativity, ingenuity, and deep interdisciplinary connections [2]. Students explore and develop complex understandings that engender a sense of self and purpose in the world [3].

[1] Student-centered learning; explore lines of inquiry; follow and engage students’ curiosities and interests; leads to students developing and pursuing passions
[2] Hands-on, differentiated  learning experiences; choice and creativity in how to demonstrate learning; Understanding is deep and connected; kids can answer “why” in addition to “how”
[3] Exploration fuels understanding, which is nuanced and profound through these learning experiences, students develop a stronger “sense of self” and the ability to impact the world beyond them

Our Learners are:

Insatiably curious and unrelenting

Resilient from testing knowledge and recognizing the value of making mistakes

Joyously creative

Appreciative of the interconnectedness of all living things, cultures, communities, disciplines, and phenomena

Whole brain thinkers who balance logic and imagination and cultivate grace, fitness, poise, and agility of body and mind

Courageous and embrace ambiguity, uncertainty, and the unknown as a means to discovery

Collaborative and recognize the power of working as a team

Engaged with nature and the outdoors authentically in our setting and through our programs

Guided by a strong moral compass