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Fearless Learning!

Of all things that can hinder a child from succeeding in school – and later in life – fear may be the greatest of all. Fear of failing. Fear of success. Fear of trying something new. Fear of being left out. Fear of standing out. Fear of being yourself.
 
So at The Independent Day School, a private pre-school, elementary school and middle school, we work to remove fear from the equation. Exploring interests and curiosities is encouraged. Being yourself is celebrated. The result is preschool, elementary and middle school students who are fearless at school. Brave. Confident. Eager. Curious. Upbeat. Better prepared every day to tackle challenges, push their limits, explore their capabilities and discover their true interests and potential.

IDS is a dynamic educational environment, where students and learning experiences are diverse. Where arbitrary markers of achievement are not the focus and do not rule the day. The students and their individuality do. We keep our students at the center of their education ~ better prepared for life after IDS, because of IDS.

Learning isn’t always easy. Some things take time to master. All through school, Evan was a math whiz until he was stumped by some tricky algebra in seventh grade. Let’s just say there were a lot of erasures and things crossed out on his homework. And yet, Evan still raised his hand in class even if he didn’t always have the ready answer. That takes some courage. He asked for his teacher’s help. That takes courage, too. After diligently working and sticking with it, Evan “gets’ algebra. IDS prepares students to tackles challenges, push their limits, explore their capabilities. That’s Fearless Learning.

Early in the school year, one of our most cherished traditions is the all school blue and green Field Day which is capped off by a “Dancing with the Stars” dance off on the theater stage with a mixed group from Kindergarten through eighth graders. We ask our eighth graders to guide their new K friends in a dance routine that they’ll perform in front of the stage. Everyone has skin in the game. Sure, the Kindergartners are a little nervous. For most, it’s the first time in front of a large group, and they’re with older students they don’t know. But, they rise to the occasion, shimmy out of their comfort zone, dance their feet off and eventually beam at their own boldness. That’s just another example of Fearless Learning.

Fearless Learning looks different for different kids and for different ages. IDS is a dynamic educational environment where arbitrary markers of achievement are not the focus and do not rule the day. The students and their individuality do. We keep our students at the center of their education, one fearless step at a time.


 

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