arts & sciences
We’ve seen the dissonance between how the creative process works and what the classroom tells creatives they can and cannot do. But School, when done well, has a very direct impact on our country’s creative culture (feel free to lump in cutting-edge science, social innovation, complex fictions, and revolutionary art). Never to settle for pawing at the door of brilliance, Raintree has aimed, from day one, to fling the gates open with wild and purposeful abandon (insert Rocky Balboa with arms stretched to the heavens) and keep on going as a flood of glorious possibilities are set free for our students.
Creating a school where children pursue subjects they want to take, skills they want to learn, and an education they help create and build is fascinating.
The change of focus on the child’s mind rather than a test score is stupendous. And our students take advantage by being the biggest sponges possible.
We teach children to be courageously creative in the sciences and arts. The youngest of learners are immersed exploring their world with math and science and sharing what they know and think through creative writing, performance, and art. The on-campus art studio, student gardens, and woodland enhance the learning experience with learning that can happen in a genuine setting, with real things. Our philosophy is based on the truth that young children are best challenged in the arts and sciences when they are given meaningful work in the dynamic setting of the real world. Here, their experiences have big implications. Content is contextual, not isolated. It is all connected to the world that surrounds. Immersed in the elegance of the biology and geology of the woodland and garden, every child is given the space and time to find answers to their questions and decide what they can do with their new found knowledge.