Academics

The John Muir School's practices and curriculum are guided by the following principles of learning and community.

  • Children learn new concepts in relationship to previous knowledge and experience
  • The construction of knowledge by the child leads to comprehensive, authentic learning
  • Interaction with the natural world supports academic growth
  • Arts serve as the human expression of beauty allowing children to honor and communicate their experience
  • Positive social relationships are essential to a successful learning community
  • Small schools enhance student comfort and learning
  • The behavior of children indicates their emotional comfort and the community's health
  • The teacher's art is to create a stimulating atmosphere and participate as a learner



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