Breakwater’s mission is to engage our students in an optimal learning experience that inspires them to live well on the planet, embrace their whole being, and realize their full potential. We accomplish this by continually reviewing and applying best educational practice while remaining true to our community’s values and spirit.
At Breakwater, teachers, parents, and children are partners in a celebration of learning. We encourage children to:
- Think independently and critically
- Explore their imaginations and creativity
- Develop self-discipline, concentration, self-direction, and self-confidence
- Ask questions as well as seek solutions
- Speak individually, yet work collaboratively
- Reflect on their experience and investigate the ways in which they work best
- Take intellectual and personal risks in a safe environment
- Act as responsible citizens in our community and in the world
- Value diversity and practice tolerance
- Embrace joy and wonder
- Aspire to be lifelong learners
We believe that for learners of all ages, learning is most powerful when it is:
- Integrated: Learning is better synthesized and internalized when concepts and themes are reinforced within an interdisciplinary framework.
- Challenging: Students are challenged in a nurturing environment to move beyond their comfort zones to take risks, try new things, and do their best work.
- Authentic: Information is presented in a meaningful context, is relevant to students' interests, and has useful, real-world applications.
- Personalized: Teaching methods are sensitive to students’ different cognitive/learning styles and tailored to each child’s developmental strengths and needs.
- Active and Hands-on: Students learn by doing and make meaning from their own experiences. They take ownership of the learning process and play an active role in constructing their knowledge.
- Inclusive: Optimal learning takes place in an environment that honors each individual for who he/she is, meets students where they are, and values multiple perspectives, diversity, and social justice.