learner centered. teacher nurtured.

Whether learning to add with sticks or beans, writing their own play, or drawing what they’re imagining, children are constantly learning. By integrating academic rigor with creativity and in-depth exploration, students learn and understand complex and advanced concepts, while developing their curiosity and imagination.

A love for reading, written and oral storytelling, and rich language are integral to Slate School’s curriculum. Teachers and children spend long stretches of the day reading books, introducing them to the magic of beautiful, enriching literature. In support of the acquisition of literacy skills in a student-centered classroom, a wide variety of approaches are embraced. Reading activities are followed by creative opportunities, such as drawing or painting one’s own scenes, or writing one’s own book. Students may also extend stories through drama and writing with many opportunities for retelling and discussing story elements using child-created props.

Children are encouraged to be inquisitive and to delve deep into all that there is to learn about the world. Over the course of a year, each child selects several topics to study in-depth, and designs their own explorations. They build public speaking skills by frequently sharing their findings with their classmates and school community. This cross-curricular approach engages students in active learning that makes every day an exciting opportunity for discovery and subsequent investigation.

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Discovery & Investigation

Children learn science through active experiments, as well as by their own creative experimental process. At Slate School, the environment is the master teacher, and children spend time daily in nature, making connections to their own interests and learning through hands-on play to understand and wonder about their world. Through this discovery, teachers seize every opportunity to develop necessary skills and encourage deeper learning across the curriculum.

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Sticks, Not Screens

At Slate School, technology is utilized in a limited and responsible manner. We believe that learning is best achieved through hands-on, collaborative experiences. Teachers can apply technology when appropriate and necessary, but learning is best achieved without screens and digital devices.