Our philosophy is built on the idea that a child’s education is developed through their experiences with the outside world. We believe every child can succeed in academics and behavior, but we do not assume that they already know how. We teach in ways that help them develop cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. We guide students to learn to self-monitor their behaviors, and to understand that their actions, words, and choices affect others as well as themselves. Our classroom community is built gradually on trust, with a common language, through rules that we create together, and by practicing procedures until they become nearly automatic.