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. Griffins 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. Griffins chart their own course while achieving academic milestones, participate in the management of their school community and experience real-world projects where they hone the skills they will need after they finish their schooling.
The Greenfields model supports self-directed learning. Children make choices about their core learning goals and can progress as fast as they are able, and with as much time to master skills as they need. Mornings are spent on core skills, where equal importance is placed on language arts, math, and social-emotional growth. Older students work independently or meet in book clubs or discussion groups. Younger students alternate between guided and independent learning centers.
Our badge system allows students to collect, communicate and celebrate their hard work, growth and achievement. Student progress is tracked closely by students and guides discussed with parents during regular meetings. Core skills badges by level can be seen in the table below:
|Hero & Community||Character|
Book Club Leader
|Language Arts: |
Reading & Writing
Print & Phenomic Awareness
Lexia PK-1 (online)
|Book Clubs |
Lexia 2-3 (online)
Lexia 4-5 (online)
No Red Ink (online)
Dreambox K-1 (online)
|Khan EM,3 (online)|
|Khan 4,5 (online)|
|Khan 6-8 (online)
Our lunchtime is a learning opportunity, as students either listen to tales of the world’s civilizations, hold socratic discussions, make school governance decisions, or celebrate each other’s successes. A full 40-minute break follows lunch each day, allowing students to unwind, exercise, and build community.
In the afternoons, students utilize their core skills in practical ways through our project-based learning experiences. Throughout the year, a variety of interdisciplinary projects 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 parents. 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.
Greenfields welcomes independent learners aged 5-13 (traditional grades K-8) into our mixed-age studios. We believe deeply in the educational and social benefits of combining students of different ages and abilities into shared classrooms. Our South Studio currently hosts our Launchers (entering ages 5-6) and Travelers (ages 7-8) and gives them the scaffolding and support needed to be successful on their journey to the North Studio where our Navigators (ages 9-10) and Explorers (ages 11-13) have more independence to work on their goal setting, planning and self regulation skills.