Our mission is to provide a challenging academic program that emphasizes personal responsibility and respect for all individuals in a community where every child is cherished, encouraged and prepared for continued success.
The students of Rohan Woods School will achieve at an exceptional level of academic proficiency within a nurturing environment. Our curriculum will be responsive to emerging academic trends and foster the development of social responsibility.
What's Unique About Rohan Woods' Approach to Learning?
- Our emphasis is on uncovering important concepts, not covering curriculum.
- Units of study are designed to be as realistic and in-depth as possible and avoid artificial, one-shot activities.
- Teachers are primarily assessors of learning, not demonstrators of learning.
- Teachers are primarily coaches, not lecturers.
- Teachers are asked to design curriculum rather than merely purchasing curriculum.
- Frequent, high quality, specific feedback on a student's work is a key component to curriculum.
A Student At Rohan Woods:
- Experiences the joy of learning
- Gains a deep understanding of important concepts through an innovative, challenging curriculum
- Is guided by motivated, well-trained, and nurturing teachers
- Understands the relationship between ethics and academics
- Is at ease with speaking, singing, acting, dancing, and performing before a group
- Communicates in an open, honest, and respectful manner
- Feels comfortable taking risks
- Accepts personal responsibility for actions, decisions, and outcomes
- Is recognized as an individual, known by the entire school community
- Appreciates differences between individuals and among cultures
- Is prepared for a successful future
Some examples of how this approach works ...
- A kindergarten student might be studying communities and be guided by one of the following questions: "When are you a member of a group?", "Why do we have symbols?", or "What does democracy mean for me?".
- A Second Grader studying South Africa and apartheid will be asked, "Can one person make a difference?".
- A Fourth Grader studying ancient civilizations will "uncover" the answers to questions such as "How did geography shape ancient civilizations and did it contribute to their fall?".
- A Fifth grader studying the Revolutionary War might debate with their classmates the question, "Was the Revolutionary War really revolutionary?".
When provided the unique opportunity to take learning beyond knowledge to understanding, students are more engaged and motivated thinkers both in and outside of academic settings.