The Phillips Brooks School believes that children learn best through a developmentally appropriate curriculum that builds on their natural curiosity about the world. The teacher guides the students in that process: facilitating hands on projects, promoting collaboration among students, and prompting even the youngest students to reflect deeply on their classroom work. For teachers to fulfill that role, they must be attuned to students' individual needs and learning styles, collaborate within our growth-oriented community of faculty committed to the School's mission and values, and continually benefit from professional development opportunities.
While a solid foundation in core academic disciplines is essential, the School also believes that students' long term well-being and their capacity to contribute to the society and world depend crucially on their social and emotional development. Students must learn how to interact with others: how to listen, how to be sensitive to others' needs and respectful of their perspectives, and how to express their own views, even when it is difficult to do so. Students must establish a healthy self-concept as well as a sense of connection to others and to the broader world.
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