Philosophy of Education
Children learn naturally. When a subject is relevant and students have ownership in the learning process, they acquire skills and knowledge at an incredible pace. Our school’s environment – its surroundings, facilities, and the attitudes of its teachers, leaders, students and parents – ensures that each student has a bedrock of safety and security. In this safe, secure environment, students are invited to take creative risks in their own education.
Children at CDS are given repeated opportunities to learn content knowledge in authentic ways, through projects, experiments, performances, interactions with peers, and other real life experiences. This gives the learner a purpose, provides meaning and context, develops connections and deepens student thinking.
Teachers act as facilitators and coaches to this learning process by scaffolding material for each learner: asking questions, offering suggestions, and adding more complex materials or ideas to continually push learners to grow. Our teachers are experts in their subject areas, but even more importantly, they value authentic connections with each student. With that connection as a foundation, CDS teachers motivate students by providing an individualized instructional program.
We work as a team towards this common purpose. Our leaders recognize and capitalize on the individual differences of our members. We welcome and embrace a diversity of learning styles and cultures. The ultimate goal at CDS is to create a positive environment, provide quality instruction, and nurture children to develop their self-esteem, thinking skills and independence.