You won’t find it in a textbook. You can’t measure it with a grade. But it’s the most valuable part of a child’s education: discovering a sense of self, and of belonging. This is how children grow into confident young adults—inspired by their own talents, and by the teachers and parents who encourage them to seek their way in the world. It is a journey we take together at Rohan Woods: a community of independent spirits who are stronger together than we would be alone. Our students meet every opportunity and challenge with the support of our ‘extended family.’
Here, every child is known by more than grades or other achievements. These merit badges serve a purpose, but they are not the focus of what we do. We succeed by instilling the confidence that allows the natural leader inside to rise to the surface. As we challenge our students to think for themselves and defend their points-of-view, they become poised and articulate communicators. For example, a kindergarten student studying communities might be asked, “When are you a member of a group?” Or a second grader learning about South Africa and apartheid might be asked, “Can one person make a difference?”
The result is a deeper kind of learning that can only appear when we engage with—and not merely lecture—our children. This is the heart of our community, open to everyone who shares our passion for helping children reach their fullest potential.