The Blue School Connected Primary program is about deep inquiry and rich project work for children in Kindergarten-5th grade. We foster a culture of trust and openness, making the environment ripe for academic mastery and creative expression, as well as supporting a joyful relationship to school and learning.
During these years, children are organizing and combining various skills in order to understand concepts and accomplish increasingly complex tasks. This is explicitly supported by our Big Studies curriculum which integrates learning from different areas of study to enhance depth of understanding. As students develop more fully into unique and curious individuals who comprehend and formulate questions and ideas about their immediate world, they learn to think logically, anticipate outcomes, classify objects and solve problems. They are also guided and challenged to reflect on their learning process, to receive individual feedback, and to vigorously revise work. The learning carried out in this process mirrors the authentic and collaborative nature of the real world.
At Blue School, each student accepts personal responsibility for learning. Learning that “sticks” occurs through acts of concentrated effort, filled with imaginative flights, flexible thought, and critical summation. Creative and innovative responses are cultivated through the rich integration of the arts and core academic content within the Blue School Connected Primary program.
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We believe children’s learning is enhanced by a vital school-to-parent partnership. Blue School parents are dedicated collaborators in this unique educational experience. Once a week, the day begins with Community Meeting, an opportunity for parents (K-3), teachers and students to share songs, to hear from students, and to participate in a mindfulness practice.
Primary students demonstrate their learning by building self-confidence and a sense of responsibility in the community. They explore, play, and take small and big risks. Guided by grade-specific academic frameworks in all content areas, children are given access to grand explorations of the world, and ways to think through complex problems leading to creative solutions. Through Big Studies, students actively research relevant content, discover new questions and ideas and develop their own theories. In keeping with Blue School’s mission and values, teachers in our Blue School Connected Primary program bring an intrinsic belief in the power and beauty of each child’s unique process of learning.
"Learning is about purpose. Whether it is in person or online, learning has to be purposeful to our Primary students. Understanding the "why" behind what we learn is important to how we learn. Focusing on the creativity and curiosity that students bring with them, and tapping into that, is our main focus in how we plan for a robust and engaging online option in the fall."
-Tu Harris, Director of Primary Program
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Whether online or onsite, Blue School academics are engaging, relevant, and meaningful. Because the work has purpose and the students have responsibility and choice, they are eager to learn. Teachers engage students so that they are learning within a context, and provide work that provokes and challenges students. As a result, students create incredibly deep inquiries and complex thought processes that examine topics from multiple perspectives.
Blue School students learn confident self-expression, resourcefulness and imagination. Our safe and respectful environment encourages academic risk taking, freeing students to think innovatively. We celebrate the individuality of each student, with respect for their differences and their courage. Together they learn to hear multiple perspectives, working collaboratively to iterate and solve complex problems with creative solutions.
Primary students think, write, and produce art that delves into their own identity. As they share themselves with their peers, they learn to listen and be curious about others. Their awareness broadens to the school community, to their neighborhood, their city and their world.