Brown School helps each child become a well-educated, responsible, caring, and productive citizen of the world. We cultivate every student’s unique potential within a structured and balanced educational program grounded in the liberal arts, fine arts, and sciences. Within our dynamic and nurturing community, we pursue thinking and communication skills. The depth and breadth of Brown School’s curriculum challenges students to extend their understanding of humanity and the world. Our students are prepared to make sound ethical judgments and to live happy, productive lives. This is the core of Brown School’s perspective on education.
Brown School’s commitment to excellence challenges young people, parents, and educators to test their abilities and realize their fullest potential.
Brown School is committed to deepening students’ understanding of mathematics. Students are encouraged to be flexible, efficient, and accurate mathematicians, working independently at their own pace. Exposure to math concepts is ongoing and occurs daily through real-life experiences. These activities serve as a way for children to use a variety of strategies and practice basic skills so that they can use them fluently to solve problems and help them understand the real world. The program builds on the skills introduced in earlier grades as students focus on the “whys” of mathematics and move from concrete to abstract thinking. The goal is for students to gain confidence as learners through meaningful practice. Students use alternate problem solving techniques, hands-on activities, and investigations as a means to strengthen their confidence and ability to speak about mathematics and understand methods and perspectives different from their own.
At Brown School, science is a process of doing, and a way for students to discover information and acquire knowledge about the world around them. Our youngest students focus on exploration and discovery of the natural world. More sophisticated scientific study begins with the sequential exploration of the world’s habitats along with standard topics in science as students learn to gather evidence, ask questions, make predictions, find patterns, and communicate their ideas. As they progress through the grades, students focus their discussions of scientific topics and concepts on the difference between observation and inference as well as on the distinction between subjective and objective conclusions. Our approach helps students appreciate the remarkable role that science has played in the unfolding of history and allows them to become more responsible stewards of the Earth.
Starting with the teachers of our youngest learners, faculty model a love of reading and writing as they use “best practice” teaching strategies to improve students’ reading, comprehension, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Children are progressively given more freedom to make choices based on their skill level and interest as they make their way through the grades, moving from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” As students build upon knowledge and skills learned in previous years, they begin to independently implement higher level literacy skills. Students engage in purposeful conversations with teachers and peers to enhance their communication skills. Students also have varied opportunities to share their learning with the class, in order to develop confidence when presenting. Literacy skills are taught throughout the curriculum to help students develop creative and divergent thinking.
Another integrated component of the Brown School curriculum is social studies, where research, investigation, and exploration are experiential, relevant and academic. Our youngest students gather information about the world around them through sensory experiences and begin to communicate their understanding through auditory, oral, visual, and eventually written responses. Teachers connect social studies themes and topics to patterns of discovery through project-based learning and role playing in order to help students develop a deeper self-awareness. They analyze history and current events using a variety of primary and secondary sources, and examine how point of view affects the telling of history. Brown School teachers aim to provide our community of learners with a knowledge of the past, an understanding of the present, and an appreciation of the future.