Since our founding in 1939 by a few determined parents who valued and respected the importance of the emotional development of children, our rich past
has always helped to inform our future. The Center was founded on child-centered principles and a deep respect for the inner world of the child, which remain our guideposts to this day. We believe encouragement and understanding in a child’s early years fosters the development of healthy adults. Our exceptional student-centered faculty believes this approach leads to joyful learning that will help to shape our students for the rest of their lives.
Our core values of caring, inclusion, responsibility and honesty, as well as our dedication to joyful, life-long learning, are not merely slogans for us. From our toddler and early childhood programs
to our elementary school
and our extracurricular and summer programs
, our developmentally-appropriate curriculum becomes increasingly challenging over time. We believe that this approach provides our students with the opportunity to realize their own talents and fulfill their potential.
The Center community benefits from our school’s broad socio-economic and culturally diverse family makeup, which mirrors the community that we’re in. We foster and promote a supportive, respectful and inclusive
learning environment. We also strongly believe that a child’s school experience is deepened through service to others
.The Center’s commitment to service learning and community service in support of our local and global community partners is an integral part of our mission that instills in our students a strong sense of compassion and caring for others.
The home/school partnership that we foster at The Center is an important component of who we are and it is as strong today as it was in 1939. We fully believe that our relationship with our families is a true partnership, and we seek families who wish to be actively involved in the daily life of our school. Both students and parents form lifelong friendships here!
One constant in education is change, and it is our responsibility as a school to thoughtfully adapt to the evolving landscape. While we may not be able to fully predict what that landscape will look like in the future, we strive to prepare our students to be flexible, creative thinkers who can take on any challenge that comes their way. These ideals were the basis of our aspiration to change our learning spaces to adapt to teaching methodologies of today. Our dream has become a reality, as The Center is currently completing major enhancements
on our campus and in our classrooms. These investments in our future will help to usher in an exciting and unprecedented new phase for The Center and our community, and I can assure you that our values and principles will—as they always have—continue to guide us forward.