Caroline Pratt

Mission Statement City & Country School, for children ages 2-13, was founded in 1914 by the pioneering educator, Caroline Pratt, during the dynamic period of Progressive Education. Believing that education is fundamentally a social process, we strive to create a vital school community that supports each child¹s innate passion for learning while also expanding his or her understanding of communities and cultures that exist beyond school and home. The teacher¹s place is alongside the child, posing questions that elicit imaginative thinking, problem-solving and decision-making in pursuit of a deeper perspective. In the partnership of learning among children and teachers, community is lived through purposeful experiences that foster responsibility, cooperation, active participation, care, and respect‹qualities necessary to the life of a democratic society. With social studies as the core of the curriculum, enriched through science, mathematics, literature and the arts, students are offered varied opportunities to explore and question the human story, both past and present. Academic and practical skills are embedded in contexts meaningful to children, within larger, in-depth investigations. C&C; graduates are rigorous, original thinkers who embrace inquiry and experimentation as a means toward discovery. Compassionate in spirit, supportive of the needs and ideas of fellow citizens, and sure of their ability to solve problems, they move confidently into the world and contribute positively throughout their lives.

Philosophy At City & Country School, we think learning is a passionate experience. We stress the importance of the process of learning and help children come to the realization that often knowing how to find the answer or ask the question is more useful than the answer itself. We encourage children to try things for themselves, to explore and draw conclusions without fear of failure. We provide opportunities through which children come to value themselves, other people, ideas, skills, responsibilities and hard work.

We see children as individuals and as members of a group. We encourage them to develop in their own ways. We want children to know the satisfaction and excitement of their own creativity and expertise and to know the shared joy and inspiration of the Group. We expect children to appreciate the unique qualities and contributions of themselves and others. We strive for a diverse community of children and staff.

We view the classroom as a resource to be used by the children; a safe, well-planned environment in which constructive work and creative dramatic play can take place. City & Country teachers carefully choose meaningful materials for developing responsibility and age-appropriate work standards in our classrooms as well as in the Library, Science Laboratory, Computer Room, Art Studio, Wood Shop, Rhythms Room and the Yards.

At the core of our curriculum, one which uniquely and successfully integrates the arts, academics and ethics, is a belief in the fundamental importance of direct experiences, many of which bring children outside the classroom to serve the larger school community or visit the surrounding neighborhoods. Trips and jobs are viewed as essential hands-on learning tools. From the earliest ages, research in all forms is encouraged as a natural response to everyday experiences and inquiries. As the children's world enlarges and their quest for information and understanding becomes increasingly based on written communication, they are taught the necessary academic skills.

We believe that in order for children to internalize a sense of moral responsibility to their community they have to learn to make choices and be responsible for them. Through the discussion and negotiation that evolve in everyday experiences, particularly in their jobs, the children become problem-solvers and critical thinkers.

As a result, after over 89 years of experiment and practice, the City & Country School is a place where: … Children are respected; … Children are active participants in their learning; … Children develop the skills necessary to pursue their love of learning; … Children are expected to become responsible members of their Group and the School Community; … Children learn to recognize and accept strengths and weaknesses in themselves and others; … Children become lifelong learners



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