Mission & Philosophy

Our Mission

To educate our children and inspire in them a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and an appreciation and respect for themselves and others.

At The Island School, every child matters.

Our School Philosophy


We provide a place where it is safe for children to risk, to learn and to dream among teachers who know them deeply.  Our wish for the children who come to work with us is that they take away a quiet confidence in themselves and what they accomplish.


We stand in awe of the courage of the beginning learner.  We aim to create a secure, caring educational atmosphere where respect for the emotional and intellectual needs of our young learners is held as our highest value.


We believe that children learn best when they are active participants in their own education.  While building a solid academic foundation, we seek creative approaches to educating our children and search for innovative responses to meet their various needs of our students.  A developmentally appropriate curriculum in all subject areas provides the most flexible framework for encouraging our students to develop lifelong skills as critical thinkers, self-motivated learners and independent decision makers.


We create a community of children, teachers and parents, working together so that each child has the opportunity to realize his or her fullest potential as an individual and as a group member.  Adults and children do their best learning and living together when respect and consideration for others are valued and honored by all members of the community.


We set high standards in non-academic areas such as being sensitive to others, caring for our various learning tools, and respecting our school’s physical environment.  We introduce children to a larger community and encourage them to question what roles they can play in caring for their world.


Wise people before us have proclaimed play to be children’s work.  The heart of our school lies in our efforts to keep the joy of learning alive by filling our children’s days with wonder, play, good humor and discovery.  We reserve space and time for children to BE children.

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