Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn, and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results.
— John Dewey

Educational Philosophy

The power of Greenwood School is in how the children learn. Every teacher in our school is dedicated to not only igniting a fire within the mind of their students, but also challenging them to hone their inner capacities each step of the way.

Classroom Excellence

We value the ability to think and teach in a way that honors how the brain develops and grows. Greenwood students learn to think for themselves as a direct result of how the teachers conduct their classes – by employing the Socratic method for modern times, teaching a new approach to math, integrating with the NEST program, and using creativity within every class.


Beginning in Kindergarten, children work on building their identity. It starts literally with picking up the biggest blocks they can manage. As they test themselves, they push their development to its limits and answer these questions: “what do I think,” “who am I,” and “what can I do.” Students quickly move from the wooden building blocks on the playground to the mental building blocks of their intellect. Yet the questions remain the same. It is in the continual search for the answers that their character is built. As these students move through the grades, the teachers continually support and challenge these developmental milestones.


Relationships are the cornerstone of Greenwood School. How we relate to one another informs the social and emotional learning not only throughout the grades but also throughout life. By fostering deep connections – to the curriculum, to the students, to the parents - the school is a partner in molding these young students into becoming confident, grounded and resilient adults. The deep sense of community creates a village within the school that exists for support, strength and guidance.

NEST - Nature and Environmental Studies

Through all the grades, and unique to Greenwood, is the Nature and Environmental Studies program (NEST) where the children access nature as an outdoor classroom each week. NEST allows for real-world experimentation and stewardship practice.