At Greenwood School, we share with the parents a concern for the child’s character and integrity as well as for their growing minds. Most importantly, with the onset of adolescence, the brain undergoes dramatic developmental shifts impacting the student’s executive abilities to which the teachers are attuned. This brain-based learning is a cornerstone of Greenwood’s approach. Greenwood School emphasizes the wiring of a different kind: the brain. We deliver a program that lights up the mind.
Reasons parents and students choose Greenwood for middle school include:
Class size: The average class size at Greenwood is 15 students, which allows each student to be seen. Teachers have time and resources to develop healthy social-emotional environments and to differentiate learning.
Teacher Connection: A teacher stays with one class through middle school and deeply understands how each student learns, relates to others, and interacts with the world. Teachers integrate ‘how’ children learn with ‘what’ they learn based on each student’s maturing intellectual, physical, and emotional capacities.
NEST: Our innovative Nature and Environmental Studies program fully integrates our scientific education with experiential investigation. One full day each week, the students are off campus and in nature—an antidote to adolescence stress. When needed, the students may use this time to delve into an artistic project that spans multiple weeks.
Integrated Learning: Rigorous academics are infused with art, music, painting, handwork, drama, woodworking, movement, orienteering, rites of passage overnights, service learning, and much more. Our renaissance-type curriculum builds broad competencies, global perspective, and appreciation of cultural diversity.