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Inside the Classroom

Pine Cobble School has four academic divisions – Early Childhood (age 2.9 – Kindergarten), Lower School (grades 1-3), Intermediate School (grades 4-6), and Upper School (grades 7-9).  This approach allows students to become leaders in their division every three years.

Regardless of students’ grade level or division, you’ll find common elements:

  • We nurture curiosity and foster love of learning in a scaffolded, age-appropriate way.
  • We engage students in their own learning, encouraging them to ask good questions, then seek reliable answers themselves.
  • We don’t believe in cramming for tests; rather, we encourage students to acquire, thoughtfully, the skills they need to become independent, competent, and courageous adults.
  • We believe that a healthy amount of spontaneous laughter enhances learning, rather than detracts from it.
  • We integrate ethics, character education, and social-emotional learning into all aspects of our curricula, encouraging students to think not only about what they’re learning, but also why it matters.
  • We strive to be an inclusive community, one that embraces diversity, amplifies historically marginalized voices, confronts bias, and fosters a positive sense of self for all.
  • We see mistakes as the best learning opportunities, and we’re here to guide students through their most difficult moments. We work to turn the hardest experience into new levels of self-knowledge, and responsible participation in their community and the world.  

Learn more about each division, and about our academic philosophy in general, by clicking on the links below.

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