Academics

A Lifelong Love for learning

Academic success depends on bringing the whole child into the learning process — their energy, enthusiasm, commitment, and intensity.

The small class size allows to give individual attention to every child, every day. An enriched, balanced academic curriculum challenges the students at all levels of development.
Children develop self-confidence through kindness and supportive guidance. An excellent academic program, combined with attention to the individual child’s emotional needs, fosters exceptional and joyful learning.

Students learn how to learn, how to ask questions, how to listen and evaluate the answers. Children learn to take risks and express what they think and feel, in an atmosphere of respect: a model for an education that lacks the stress so many children experience in school today.
Cultivating a lifelong love of learning and critical thinking in an atmosphere of respect for the individual

“Children at Living Wisdom School develop an underlying sense of self-confidence, no matter what level of skill they operate on. Enthusiasm and self-confidence, this is what you need for your whole life. So often, when children go to school they lose these qualities. Living Wisdom School makes them stronger.” LWS Parent, Palo Alto
“My third-grade student was given a 3 x 3 grid whose numbers must add up to the same sum in all directions. He struggled for three days, then in the middle of class suddenly solved the puzzle. He exclaimed, ‘Yes! Yes!’ and kissed his paper. I then gave him a 4 x 4 magic square on which he struggled for four days. He finally solved it. A few mornings later, he was sick and debated whether or not to come to school. ‘Wait,’ he said, ‘Do we have math today? I need to go. My teacher needs me.”Third-Grade Teacher, LWS Nevada City
“The only source of knowledge is experience.”Albert Einstein

Children find a real connection between their lives and the studies and the learning.
With the body and the senses they live concrete experiences; through the heart and feelings they create positive connections; through their will they express creatively what they have learned, integrating the learning in their lives.

“When you learn experientially, the learning sticks. It becomes part of who you are–different from just memorizing facts, then being tested on them.
When my daughter was learning to write poetry, her teacher respected her ability, so much that it was like my daughter learned the essence of what it is to be a poet.” LWS Parent, Palo Alto