The Country School – A Balanced Approach

Middle school courtyard at The Country School.

The Country School is a progressive school and believes that it’s all about keeping things in balance — blending progressive and traditional educational philosophies, while leaning more towards the progressive side. What does this really mean? In practice, this progressive/traditional split means that, amid the project-based learning and interdisciplinary lessons, The Country School is mindful of the state’s benchmarks for each grade level and approaches traditional concepts with a progressive spin. The classes are small, with two full-time teachers in preschool and elementary classrooms and a 1:10 teacher/student ratio in the middle school. This allows teachers to focus on the unique learning styles and needs of each student. For all kids, whether gifted or struggling academically; whether a visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learner; the advantage of a progressive education is that the instruction is made to fit the child, rather than the other way around. The curriculum is challenging with individualized and differentiated instruction. All students are set up for success!

The culture of the school is a community rich in diversity, and reflects the commitment to developing and maintaining strong interpersonal relationships based upon trust and respect.  Creativity is encouraged and every child comes to school knowing that they are safe, nurtured, and accepted. Having enthusiastic teachers who have respect and appreciation for each child’s individuality; knowing when to push a little and when to step back; and knowing how to engage a child’s strengths and combat the weaknesses gives kids the ability to navigate the world. Whether they work independently or in a group to assimilate their knowledge and pass it on, students enjoy the process of learning and growing. This is why kids at The Country School are so happy! Balance.

The CountrySchoolis located at 5243 Laurel Canyon Blvd.in ValleyVillage. Visit their website at country-school.org.

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