Our Unique Approach

Meaningful and Authentic Learning

In addition to core instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies, every day at Explore includes a block of project-based learning we call Explorations. Our project-based learning approach engages children’s natural love for learning and develops their knowledge, curiosity, skills, and courage to imagine and create works of beauty and worth. Through Explorations, students apply academic concepts in real life, integrating art, music, technology, and community service as they design and develop projects. At the completion of each Exploration, students participate in an exhibition of their work to an authentic audience, encouraging their self-expression as readers, authors, mathematicians, scientists, and artists.

 

A Culture of Excellence, Joy, and Love

Explore! students will achieve great things. However, we know that in order for students to work hard, take risks, and exhibit their true potential for excellence they must know that they are known, supported, and cared for. Every staff member at Explore! is trained in utilizing Responsive Classroom, integrated social and emotional development, and mindfulness to create a K-8 environment in which each unique student is valued and loved.

 

We also believe that teaching and learning should be fun for students, staff, and families. Research shows that play is essential for developing creativity and interpersonal skills and also results in higher academic achievement. At Explore!, students have recess and P.E. everyday and are encouraged to cultivate their curiosity and investigate their passions in the classroom. One measure of our success is how much joy and laughter is evident in our classrooms as we grow and learn together.

 

Collaboration with Families and the Community

We respect all parents as their child’s first teacher and seek to learn from and with families as we collaborate for student success. We know that we cannot achieve our ambitious goals alone and are building a thriving community of students and families, purposefully connecting students and families to resources and to each other. We celebrate diversity as strength and actively seek to learn, understand, and integrate the unique histories and perspectives of our students and families into our school community.