Philosophy

At the Tremont School, we seek to foster a comprehensive and team-oriented approach to education befitting a world as multicultural, collaborative, and communications-driven as the one we live in today.  We strive to fully support our students' development in all its domains, in an engaging and supportive environment.  Only through exploring the entire range of the way our students learn can we identify the individual characteristics that make each one special and successful.

We also feel strongly that schools can and should play a formative role in stimulating a child's moral and ethical development.  At the Tremont School, we want to help develop exceptional citizens, not just good students.  By creating a school culture that promotes honesty, integrity, kindness, and relatedness, we stimulate our students' development as individuals as well as active and compassionate members of society.

To achieve this goal we strive to create a learning environment that:

  • Mirrors the vibrant social environment of the broader community.
  • Values the uniqueness and individuality of each student.
  • Offers opportunities to foster relationships among a diverse group of students.
  • Promotes the role of service and citizenship.

The core values of the school are reflected in our operating principles:

Collaborative and Inclusive Approach to Education

We feel that the most stimulating educational environment is created by a deep and real partnership between students, teachers, parents, and administrators.  We firmly believe that learning is an ongoing exchange among all members of the school community, and that each student brings to that community strengths and interests that should be nurtured and shared for the benefit of all.

Commitment to Social and Emotional Learning

In a larger sense, we seek to create a school culture that models and promotes a sense of empathy, honesty, integrity, and generosity of spirit.  Self-awareness, social awareness, self-management and responsible/ethical decision-making are all teachable skills that can be integrated into the curriculum to support the social and emotional literacy of our students.  With this approach, we create an environment rich in opportunity for developing strong, lasting relationships both in school and beyond.

Focus on Developing Skills for the 21st Century

Preparation for today's economy and workforce requires a deep understanding of how to work with a variety of personality and learning styles, where problem solving, creativity, flexibility, and teamwork are promoted.  Our collaborative approach to teaching and learning, along with our strong commitment to social and emotional development, provides our students with precisely the set of skills necessary for the 21st century workforce.

Promote Democracy, Service, and Citizenship

A key component to promoting collaboration, teamwork, and community is developing a strong respect for the role of democracy and citizenship in society.  We recognize that the school will act as an incubator for our students as they prepare for the outside world.  We think it is vital that our own community reflect and model the type of world that they will encounter later in life.  By explicitly teaching and utilizing principles of democracy and citizenship within the school, we can help students develop a sense of responsibility for themselves, their classmates, and their school while promoting the ideas of service and citizenship in the broader community.

Focus on Experiential, Project-based Learning

Students learn in an environment that supports their making connections between thinking and doing.  Teaching in a project-based curriculum provides opportunities to develop hands-on projects that tug at the very core of an issue and develop in students the opportunity to question, analyze, and draw conclusions based on their own framework of understanding.