Our classrooms are setup to reflect a homelike environment with attention to detail and aesthetics. From the light filled design of each classroom, to the openness that is at the core of its architecture, we are a school with open spaces, an open heart and a spirit of openness towards each and every student. 

When you enter our classrooms, the sights and sounds of children’s active and industrious engagement with language and materials is immediately apparent. It’s fairly common now to see younger children learning by experimenting with materials and resources in most schools. What’s unusual is to see this kind of learning extended through the upper grades. Our commitment to these principles means that we organize our classrooms with an abundance of attractive and challenging materials and furniture that encourage individual and group study and interaction. We use teaching strategies that encourage children to make discoveries and, perhaps most obviously, but more unusually, provide children with the time to make these discoveries meaningful. Consequently, we choose fewer topics than traditional schools, but we organize and develop them thoroughly and in depth. A unit that might take one month in a more traditional curriculum might last as long as three months at The Early Learning Center and Academy.

Learning is just as often a social process as a solitary one. Much of the time, children collaborate with each other or share individual responses about an artifact, a story, a historical document, or a shared experience. Adults act as guides- facilitators with expectations- as they plan for and implement experiences from which children construct meaning with increasing depth and complexity. The integrity of each child as a learner, teacher, and classmate is valued and reinforced.