|About||The strengths of the one-room school meet the challenges of the 21st Century.|
Our primary goal is that every student learn and make measurable academic progress every school day.
In the majority of classrooms there are students who are not learning. In traditional education, public and private, groupings are based on chronological age. As a result, every classroom has a number of students who are bored and not given the opportunity to make progress appropriate to their abilities. At the same time there are students who flounder in daily lessons because they are lacking key background skills and information.
Our student-centered approach recognizes and honors the fact that children can learn if they are asked to complete assignments that are appropriate and challenging. The student-centered model at Four Winds allows high-achieving students to progress, in any subject area, at a challenging pace. It also allows struggling students to concentrate on the skills that they lack and so begin, often for the first time, to see themselves as successful, mastering something that they thought was beyond them. It allows all students to explore their individual interests, even if not directly tied to classroom topics.
Four Winds School is based on the following principles:
All students are best able to make academic progress when they are allowed to work form their current achievement level and at their own pace.
Students should have practice managing their own time.
Learning at times involves focused drill and practice, but it also involves cultivating a sense of wonder and developing the skills and determination to follow one's own inspiration.
|Founded||September 1, 2000|
|Products||Happy, self-confident graduates who go on to attend public and private high schools and such colleges as: Bard College, Greenfield Community College, Hampshire College, Macalester College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tulane University, and The University of Massachusetts in Amherst.|