How Does a Nursery-to-Middle School Campus Benefit Children?
Numerous national studies show the advantages of a K - 8 grade school configuration. The continuity of teachers, peers, programs and expectations results in higher academic achievement, improved self-esteem and confidence, as well as the development of a stronger moral compass.*
Green Vale is a school for young children and a place where childhood is understood and revered. All of our resources are focused upon the development of critical skills that provide the basis for a lifetime of achievement, discovery, and contribution. The needs of elementary and middle school children are not compromised by a population of high school students, which so often takes precedence at K - 12 schools -- in terms of resources, facilities and programs.
Children do not grow up “too fast” in a N - 8 grade environment. They are exposed to developmentally appropriate activities and events without the influence and pressure of older students on the same campus. In this environment, risk taking is about pursing academic, athletic and artistic excellence. It is “cool to be smart” at Green Vale.
Green Vale students in Grades 6 - 8 are not ‘caught in the middle.’ They are the leaders and the role models for the entire student body. They run the Student Council, publish the school newspaper, serve as team captains, create a digital year book, and define, develop and lead a wide variety of service learning activities throughout the school.
Making a change of school is a developmentally critical practice before college. Academic strengths, interests and gifts become clearer by the end of middle school, and a student can therefore actively participate in the process of high school selection. Each placement is carefully orchestrated and planned in concert with the student, family, faculty and Head of School. Over the last several years, 90% of our graduates placed in their first choice secondary schools.
Green Vale is a family school. “Big kids” partner with “little kids.” Brothers and sisters can be found capturing a hug in the hallways, sharing a story together in the library, and watching one another perform on stage. Children quickly learn that this is a community where Respect, Responsibilty, Caring and Citizenship are clear and constant expectations.
At Green Vale, every child is known and every child is inspired to excel, to lead and to care. They thrive because of this.
*Rand Study 2006 and National Association of Middle School Association Study