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Progressive Education

Academics at North Country School

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What is progressive education?

At its core, progressive education integrates diverse areas of study, encourages creativity, and embodies learning opportunities that are experiential. Our middle school curriculum is taught in a way that real-world connections are drawn and resourcefulness is encouraged. A progressive education ensures that children become critical thinkers and effective problem-solvers.

At North Country School, progressive education is fueled by the following:

-Passionate and multi-talented teachers. Our faculty believes that knowledge is gained and skills are refined when lessons are project-based, require problem solving, and involve assessments that reward planning and effort. Our teachers themselves are lifelong learners, refining talents and passions which they share with their students in numerous settings.

-Collaboration. Teachers across disciplines create co-curricular units and opportunities for students to apply acquired skills to new topics. Students are asked to do the same; together they learn to function as a team in small groups or in the larger community.

-Engaged learning. Students learn best through guided discovery. Ours create geometric art projects in math, design and launch rockets in science, debate colonialism in social studies and perform scenes from Shakespeare in English.

-Student-centered teaching. The interests, abilities and talents of our students guide our curriculum choices and inform the pace in our classrooms. Children learn rapidly when they are choosing, leading and designing aspects of their coursework and projects.

-Connections to the bigger world. An understanding of environmental and social justice issues is integral to our educational practices. Our core courses, arts electives, and outdoor and house life programs come together to foster an awareness of our interconnectedness and the importance of sustainable living practices.