"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."
— Benjamin Franklin
Wherever you look on our campus, no matter the season, you see Ben Franklin's sentiments in action. The teaching that happens at Sun Valley Community School centers on the idea that each child should be an active participant in his or her education. It's this sort of approach that not only leads to well-educated and well-rounded graduates, it also leads to independence.
It starts in the Early Childhood Center. No matter how blistery the winter weather, when it's time for recess, our kiddos dress themselves—snow pants, boots, gloves, hats—the whole shebang. If you don't think that's a big deal, you haven't watched parents try to get their toddlers dressed for a day of play in the snow or your kids are old enough that you have forgotten the drama that inevitably ensues! In Elementary School, if students decide to build a village of snow caves, they source shovels, plan out their village, and get to work. They keep after it until the goal is complete. They are natural inventors and explorers. They thrive with projects like the camera-making one many of our Elementary classes have been working on over the past few months. Our youngest Cutthroats are eager problem solvers and meaning makers. They read, ask questions, demand understanding—all the while maintaining a space for the power of the imagination.
It's an approach that starts early, but we carry it through the Middle and Upper Schools. There are many reasons that our students love coming to school—the myriad ways our faculty involve them as full participants in their education is a compelling one.