The Mead School Develops Independent, Creative Thinkers in Stamford
Located in North Stamford, The Mead School is an award winning independent day school serving Infants, Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 8 students.
Founded in 1969, the school fosters a strong sense of independence and creativity in its students. Their approach is built upon cognitive and developmental research that shows individualized, experiential learning provides the most rewarding education for children. The curriculum encourages depth of understanding and higher-order thinking as teachers engage students’ senses and their passion for discovery.
At the core of The Mead School’s approach to learning are “The Seven School Skills”: Think, Imagine, Intuit, Receive, Act, Express, and Respect. “These provide us with a cornerstone, and are integral to our approach,” says Head of School, Stephanie Whitney.
“The Seven School Skills challenge children to learn deeply, think critically, use their imaginations, and ask questions of themselves and the world around them,” Whitney added. “These tools help us educate the whole child and help them navigate their academic, social, and emotional lives.”
These core values drive The Mead School’s teachers and ensure that Mead graduates have the academic skills essential for success in the 21st century.
A rigorous academic and expressive arts curriculum works in tandem with the 7 School Skills, creating a classroom environment that encourages profound learning, exposing students to different perspectives and fresh ways of applying their knowledge. This balanced whole child educational program provides maximum development, allowing many students to move on to competitive secondary boarding and day schools.
This approach is fully supported by Mead’s dynamic teachers. With a teacher-student ratio of 6:1 strong relationships with each child are fostered, allowing teachers to discover their students’ individual strengths and talents. Teachers work collaboratively with students, coworkers, and families to tap into a child’s unique insights and passions, guiding them to their full potential. The ultimate goal being to have students take the lead in their own learning.
“Our teachers consistently provide learning opportunities that are fine-tuned to the needs of each child, so that children are nurtured and challenged academically, socially, and emotionally,” says Whitney.
Mead students are encouraged to be tenacious investigators, express their opinions and understand their own learning styles. They are challenged to think critically, use their imaginations and ask questions of themselves and the world around them. Students are empowered to take intellectual risks and are nurtured to be self-aware. These skills enable students to advocate effectively for themselves during and after their time at Mead. Students approach their well-balanced studies at The Mead School with enthusiasm every step, and fresh discovery, along the way.
Nursery through grade 8
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