A Greenfields education offers a fundamentally different value proposition than traditional schooling. Our students aren’t asked to sit down and passively take in what a teacher wants them to hear. They are challenged to be the hero in their own story. They take control of their education and start their journey to make the world a better place.
Learning at Greenfields
The Greenfields model supports self-directed learning. Children make choices about their learning goals and can progress as fast as they are able, and with as much time to master skills as they need. Kindergarten students alternate between guided and independent learning centers where they master early reading, writing and math skills. As they grow and mature, elementary students gain the freedom to create their own learning plans and work more independently. Our badge system allows students to collect, communicate and celebrate their hard work, growth and achievement.
We believe deeply in the educational and social benefits of combining students of different ages and abilities into shared classrooms. This creates a myriad of opportunities to focus on social-emotional growth. Our elementary students create their own set of studio rules and are expected to hold each other accountable to them. Kindergarten students intentionally practice skills such as kindness and teamwork, while older elementary students become certified as reading buddies, peer mediators, and meditation leaders. Through these experiences, they become confident and productive community members.
Students utilize their Core Skills in practical ways through interdisciplinary projects which offer students engaging, real-world experiences. Themes include science, social studies, business, and arts. Our project-based learning curriculum is designed so students not only dive deep into the subject matter, but practice using the cognitive processes that underlie learning and will allow them to tackle any challenge that comes their way.
Friday Discovery Day workshops give students time to explore their curiosities and be exposed to new ideas and experiences. Students can choose to work on an independent project, participate in club meetings, travel on a field trip, or attend their choice of workshops led by Guides, students, or visiting heroes. Exploration topics range from art to cooking to music to chess to science to yoga and beyond. Students can work on several different things in a day or stick with the same thing for weeks depending on where they are on their journey to find their calling.
Every year, we build small businesses from the ground-up.
- Frequent field trips and guest presenters to extend learning beyond the classroom.
- Outdoor space with playground and grassy playing fields.
- No assigned homework or high-stakes tests.
- Fun and enriching family activities to foster a strong school community.
21st Century Learning
- The latest in educational technology for self-paced mastery of reading, writing and math skills.
- Deep Socratic discussions about heroes, history and self-governance to hone critical thinking skills and the ability to powerfully think, write and speak.
- Hands-on projects to master the tools and skills needed to solve problems in the real world.
- Written promises and covenants that form a tightly bound community of individuals learning to form authentic friendships and honestly resolve interpersonal problems.
A Learner-Driver Community
- Students create and sign a Student Contract describing how each individual will act and the consequences for violating community norms.
- Mentor teams encourage younger and older students to listen, affirm, set goals and hold each other accountable.
- “Learn to Be” badges celebrate character and completing leadership challenges.
Young heroes celebrate the mastery of tools, skills and character by earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions.
- Parents use badges to track academic progress in Core Skills like reading, writing, math and spelling and character development in “Learn to Be” Badges.
- Electronic and hard copy Portfolios capture rough drafts, photos, video and other creative work.
- Public exhibitions at the end of most projects allow young heroes to present work to experts, customers or the public for a real world test.