It’s a vast and beautiful world out there, and without an explorer’s kit and guide, one may just get lost!
At Raintree, we believe that guide comes in the form of purposeful teaching. When the goal of an education moves beyond passing a test, but becomes the means in which children practice being human, we can look about school with fresh eyes. Taking in the totality of what an education can contain, Raintree School frees each child to be adventurous in thought and generous of spirit.
"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."
- William Butler Yeats
There's a certain ecosystem of thought that Raintree students operate within. Amidst this thought ecosystem we are each and collaboratively creative, adaptive, permeable, dynamic, systemic, and self-correcting.
Guided by the Reggio approach, Raintree students experience our transformational project-based curriculum that is hands-on, interdisciplinary, requires teamwork, and encourages risk-taking. Our model spurs children to go out and apply what they’ve learned to problems that they’ve never seen before with parts that they’ve never used before. It is truly a test of mind and character.
Shouldn’t every student in every school be doing exactly that – making things from what they learn and using the things they make? It speaks volumes about the quality and relevance of the education being offered if the students are also enthusiastic, innovative, and proactive members of their community.
We teach young children to think critically and creatively, communicate effectively, and collaborate. After all, innovative children must act different to think different. So Raintree School has built a culture of innovation in every nook and cranny of our campus. Raintree is a place where young children are given habits for success:
Resilience and Persistence
Willingness to Experiment and Take Calculated Risks
Curiosity and Imagination
Collaboration and Dependability
Empathy and Charity
Generosity and Patience
And it takes time to build a lifelong learner such as this. You won’t find us racing to the proverbial testing finish line here. By understanding, reinforcing, and modeling high-level thinking, Raintree finds ways to develop the habits of mind we want our future leaders to possess. At Raintree, we take all things in the fullness of time – let it brew. That purpose – that why – is our foundation.