Educating for Sustainability
Recognizing that sustainability extends well beyond studying and evaluating actions that have direct environmental impact, the school is committed to integrating the evolving nine Core EfS Standards into our educational program and the overall community culture. These include:
- Cultural Preservation and Transformation
- Responsible Local and Global Citizenship
- The Dynamics of Systems and Change
- Sustainable Economics
- Healthy Commons
- Natural Laws and Ecological Principles
- Inventing and Affecting the Future
- Multiple Perspectives
- Strong Sense of Place
The overarching approach to education is a project based, experiential learning model focused on providing students with opportunities to develop critical 21st Century skills. This learning model is used in conjunction with the Adlerian based Positive Discipline approach, which teaches our students to become responsible, respectful and resourceful members of their communities.
Along with alignment to the CCSS, Education for Sustainability standards are integrated into Core subjects but are also a focus of instruction through integrated units of study offered as part of the educational program in the Lower School and as part of the Electives and Project Based Learning program in the Middle School. The educational approach in Kindergarten through the Fourth grade continues to offer a developmentally appropriate combination of skill mastery through direct teaching, learning explorations through curriculum related field trips, integrated units of study supporting Education for Sustainability, and experiential hands on learning opportunities in a multiage environment.