Kids are innately curious. They learn most quickly and comprehensively when they are excited and interested. We believe using this innate curiosity is the key to education and to life. Education is a life long process. We are learning all the time through our own interactions with ourselves and the world. The role of a good teacher is to help students achieve success by assisting, directing and challenging students in a way that fosters cooperation and joy in learning new things. Kino teachers believe that kids are essentially good and rational, and if they are raised with respect and trust in a caring environment that allows them the freedom and responsibility that all people need and deserve, they will grow into fine adults. Kino students experience joy in learning and delight in life, for learning and life are one.
How we do it:
How we do it:
- Small classes (6:1 student/teacher ratio) where there is deep respect for individual ideas and the development and progress of each student.
- Caring, experienced, and knowledgeable teachers who foster student creativity, inquisitiveness, kindness, and integrity.
- Thought-provoking academics, extensive fine arts, field trips and outdoor learning opportunities.
- Teachers who encourage individual as well as collaborative work.
- Building on students’ natural curiosity and encouraging students to take initiative, develop their passions, challenge themselves creatively and intellectually, and to take ownership of their learning.
- Teaching skills essential for success in the world beyond school including core academic skills, leadership, responsibility, communication, problem solving, and collaboration.
- Emphasizing depth over breadth, application of knowledge over memorization, active participation over passive reception of information, and thematic connections over single-subject learning.
- Respecting students as individuals, as learners, and as contributors.
- Preparing students to become successful, compassionate, and productive citizens, with respect for self and others.
- Intellectually motivated individuals with exceptional curiosity, maturity, and self-confidence.
- Creative, inquisitive, thoughtful, and independent thinkers who eagerly meet academic challenges.
- Individuals who celebrate differences, navigate our increasingly diverse society, and remain open to new ideas and experiences.
- Informed and involved citizens who respect others, work effectively in groups, and serve others with compassion and commitment.
- Lifelong, passionate learners who believe in themselves and make a difference in the world.