"...the most powerful gift we can give our children is an environment where they can find joy in learning."
Welcome to City Kids!
"A few years ago my four year old came home crying because she received an unhappy face on her letter "R" worksheet. She spent the next two weeks practicing her letter R's until they were, what she called 'perfect'. Having worked as a teacher and administrator in both private schools and alternative schools I realized my daughter was experiencing a mindset in education that I had spent over 10 years working to change. The focus on our kids "getting it right" creates a rigid environment that loses focus on meaningful learning. I have come to believe the most powerful gift we can give our children is an environment where they can find joy in learning. Joyful learning produces curious kids who find their passion through intrinsically motivated moments of discovery. They embrace creativity and are not fearful of 'making mistakes'. They have learned that learning is a process and through hard work and innovation success is obtained.
I spent many years planning to open my own school where I could implement a curriculum that was conducive to creating joyful, lifelong learners. I wanted students to be appreciated for their individuality and given time to work at their own pace in a supportive and connected community that was committed to their social, emotional, and academic growth.
I'm excited to welcome you to City Kids. I invite you to come and visit for a chance to see our kids and teachers hard at play."
Ryanne Plaisance, Head of School
“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Most people say that it is the intellect which makes a great scientist. They are wrong: it is character.” --Albert Einstein
City Kids is a place where parents, children, and early education experts partner to provide exceptional learning opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment that:
1) Promotes responsible citizenship and respect of people, things, and places
2) Fosters risk-taking
3) Is student-led and teacher facilitated
4) Creates high expectations of students' goals and aspirations
5) Values play, process, and partnership
6) Believes in the benefit of outdoor learning experiences
City Kids is a school that will challenge your kids AND nurture them, a place that will value them as individuals AND teach them to collaborate; a place where they will learn to read, count, write AND are encouraged to ask questions, explore, and create. City Kids values nutrition and offers a vegetarian diet in-line with USDA standards providing the energy and nutrients young bodies and minds need to grow and develop. City Kids spends 50% of school time learning outside in nature. They find joy in learning.