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  • Mission and Statement of Philosophy

 

Mission Statement

Nashoba Brooks School educates children for a life of continuous learning, accomplishment, and leadership in a diverse and changing world. The school nurtures students' talents and character, while fostering the development of each child's personal excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.

Statement of Philosophy

Balancing Academic and Human Excellence

The purpose of Nashoba Brooks School is to provide students with a firm foundation of academic skills, scholarship, moral values, and attitudes toward learning essential to healthy intellectual and personal growth. The philosophy of the school follows the belief in educational excellence within the context of human excellence, valuing the maturation of character and self as highly as the maturation of mind. This balance between academic and personal development is the essence of a Nashoba Brooks education and is the primary vehicle for achieving the school's mission.

The first priority in achieving this balance is engaging a faculty who are committed to a student-centered program. In the lower grades, the developmental approach allows boys and girls to learn according to their varying levels of readiness. In the upper grades, the special attention given to educating young women encourages risk-taking and fosters leadership potential. Teachers recognize, however, that such an individualized program must radiate from a solid foundation of skills, and from a facility with educational tools and equipment. Nashoba Brooks teachers value academic excellence and act as models for its importance—not only in the classroom, but also by their own participation in continuous professional development.

Following the example of enthusiastic teachers, students learn within an atmosphere of respect for the process itself. This love of learning, the purest form of scholarship, motivates students in the acquisition of key skills: creative and critical thinking, quantitative and analytical reasoning, and the ability to self-evaluate. The curriculum reinforces these skills by embracing fresh ideas, divergent points of view, and innovative educational concepts. The Nashoba Brooks curriculum, by integrating subjects along common themes as often as possible, also offers many opportunities for multicultural learning experiences. An important element of scholarship for Nashoba Brooks students is the appreciation of other times and other cultures and an expanding awareness of the wider world.

The connection between self and community plays a major role in educating for character. Nashoba Brooks is a community that stresses the importance of moral values, recognizing and prizing the ability to be a good citizen and friend as well as a productive and positive group member. With teachers acting as monitors, coaches, and facilitators, students participate in discussion groups and gatherings, community service projects, and (in the upper grades) student government. Within the school walls as well as outside in the wider community, student activities and exchanges allow young people from a variety of backgrounds to respect each other's similarities and differences.

The school community believes in holding students accountable for their behavior and actions, but always within an environment of caring and support. Building self-confidence, encouraging self-advocacy, and accenting individual strengths are key components of personal development at Nashoba Brooks. The arts and physical education get strong emphasis, allowing a wider stage for students to express particular abilities and talents.

At all grade levels, students are encouraged to learn and grow within the school's "equal balance" philosophy: to be participants and leaders, mathematicians and authors, scientists and artists, athletes and community service volunteers. This balance of academic and human excellence gives both strength and power to the mission of Nashoba Brooks School.