How do we carry out our vision?
Mountain Oak School philosophy is based upon these principles:
- Learning to think, learning to care and learning to create.
- A classical and innovative education.
- A strong sense of community.
- A high degree of parental participation.
- A close, long-term relationship with teachers.
- Cooperative learning among peers.
- A strong focus on respect, responsibility and compassion.
- Fostering each child’s full potential.
- Nurturing the imagination in the early years in order to build a foundation for abstract thinking.
- Challenging the child’s intellect in the middle years and through 8th grade.
- Emphasizing the child’s relationship to the natural world.
- Promoting the child’s respect for the environment and humankind.
- Awakening a student’s genuine enthusiasm, an interest in the WORLD, (a love of learning) and sense of purpose in life.
- Creativity, happiness, critical-thinking and self reliance.
- An educational approach encouraging balance.
- Every child as a unique spiritual being who brings gifts, as well as challenges.
- Passion being essential in preparing graduates for important roles in life.
- A sense of belonging and contribution.
- Integrating imagination and the arts with academics, infusing the spirit of learning with meaning and integrity.
- A curriculum not driven by standardized testing.
- Promoting cooperation over competition; and imaginative play over media exposure.
- An educational environment that does not use technology in the classroom.
- Arts, music and movement integrated into the entire curriculum.
- An educational program that teaches a foreign language starting in first grade.