About The Highlands School
The Highlands School provides an environment and experiences which facilitate and promote active exploration, creative thinking, respect and self-discovery. Children who are allowed to actively explore environment and to pursue their own interests are on their way to becoming life-long, independent learners. Many factors influence how a child is enabled and encouraged to explore, think, and discover.
A Loving, Safe Environment
Children must feel emotionally and physically safe in their learning environment. Our environment is set up in such a way that it fosters a sense of belonging, security and success. A child needs to know that school is a place where they are loved and valued and where their individual choices and decisions about learning are valued and respected.
The Child Makes Choices
Our school environment is active and offers hands-on learning/play experiences. Children need lots of time to play. Play is how they make sense of their environment. It affects language development, creative thinking and problem solving abilities. Daily time is provided for this important work. Children need many opportunities to make choices and decisions. We value child choice because it is so critical to the way they learn.
Life Skills, Core Beliefs and the Golden Rule
We are dedicated to helping our students develop respect for each other and their environment. We teach children to listen carefully and to show compassion for the needs of others. Being respectful means being kind to friends and family, using good manners, not hitting or hurting others, and talking about your problems.
A Language Rich Environment
Children need to be in an environment where they are surrounded by language that is used in meaningful ways. Oral language development is encouraged with many opportunities for dramatic play and social interactions with peers and adults. Children will be exposed to many poems, songs and stories for the purpose of building their individual “storehouse” of language. The environment itself surrounds children with print that is used in meaningful ways.