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How do we carry out our vision?

Mountain Oak School philosophy is based upon these priciples:

  • Learning to think, learning to care and learning to create.
  • A classical and innovative education.
  • A strong sense of community.
  • A high degree of parental participation.                   
  • A close, long-term relationship with teachers.
  • Cooperative learning among peers.
  • A strong focus on respect, responsibility and compassion.
  • Fostering each child’s full potential.
  • Nurturing the imagination in the early years in order to build a foundation for abstract thinking.
  • Challenging the child’s intellect in the middle years and through 8th grade.
  • Emphasizing the child’s relationship to the natural world.
  • Promoting the child's respect for the environment and humankind.
  • Awakening a student's genuine enthusiasm, an interest in the WORLD, (a love of learning) and sense of purpose in life.
  • Creativity, happiness, critical–thinking and self reliance.
  • An educational approach encouraging balance.
  • Every child as a unique spiritual being who brings gifts, as well as challenges.
  • Passion being essential in preparing graduates for important roles in life.
  • A sense of belonging and contribution.
  • Integrating imagination and the arts with academics, infusing the spirit of learning with meaning and integrity.
  • A curriculum not driven by standardized testing.
  • Promoting cooperation over competition; and imaginative play over media exposure.
  • An educational environment that does not use technology in the classroom.
  • Arts, music and movement integrated into the entire curriculum.
  • An educational program that teaches a foreign language starting in first grade.


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