We as humans seek to have autonomy in our lives, with opportunities to explore who we are and our place in the world. At times we seek calming environments oriented towards solitude and reflection. A supportive environment that gives us this personal freedom empowers us to live our best life full of choice, self-efficacy, and mindfulness.
Curiosity & Mastery
Curiosity is the desire to learn. Environments that foster deep and enriching curiosity within and across subjects support personalized growth, and ultimately, mastery. Mastery across multiple domains of living and learning lead to individuals and communities flourishing.
Love & Belonging
A feeling of agape love and belonging, of mutual caring, in expanding circles of social interaction: the circles of home, peer groups, in community and throughout the world. Authentic collaboration is a byproduct of this feeling. The journey to be inclusive and pluralistic is one that leads to love, justice, and equity. We desire welcoming environments that connect us on a human level and catalyze trusting relationships.
Nature & Beauty
Humans desire time outside, are connected to nature and are drawn to beauty both in the built environment and in the natural world. With increasing awareness of the human impact on our planet, sustainable practices must become the norm. Our built environments must connect with and help cultivate healthy natural ecosystems.
Purpose & Joy
Living with a sense of meaning and fulfillment, in line with one’s deeply held values and inner wisdom. Increasingly, making a positive difference in the lives of others and in nature contributes to a life filled with purpose and joy. We desire spaces that cultivate a sense of locality and connect us with meaningful, joyful, community-connected learning.
Safety & Wellness
Humans of sound mind, body, and spirit. Safety through physical security and emotional intelligence. Holistic wellbeing - that is having our complete personal hierarchy of needs met - is a foundation for a curious mind and compassionate soul. We want our school environments to be secure from external threats while providing active places for personal safety, health, and wellness.