Mission & Philosophy
Giddens School provides an academically excellent curriculum enriched with a commitment to critical thinking and social responsibility. Staff and families create a community that nourishes diversity, sense of self, and love of learning.
Giddens School, grounded in equity and justice, inspires children to actively engage in bettering their world.
- Academic Excellence
- Individualized Learning
- Emergent Curriculum
- Anti-bias Approach
- Children as Leaders
- School Community
- Access to Education
- Engagement in Local Community
- Leadership Among Schools
Teachers come to school knowing what children need to learn. Children come to school knowing what they want to learn. The intersection of this understanding is emergent curriculum. Teachers integrate themes and topics of interest to the children to create the context in which science, math, reading and writing are taught.
Giddens School’s commitment to an inclusive and socio-economically diverse school community is reflected in the admissions and financial aid policies. Since access to education is a critical component of a just and equitable society, we strive to serve children and families who might traditionally face barriers in accessing education.
Giddens models the way in which an independent school can sustain a diverse community, maintain an anti-bias philosophy, and forge parent/teacher partnerships to boost student achievement and well-being. We share these practices with other educators and institutions in the belief that schools should collaborate to improve American education.