LOVE, GROW, MOVE, CREATE
- LOVE learning, myself, and one another.
- GROW academically, socially, and emotionally.
- MOVE our bodies, minds, and world.
- CREATE to make meaning, find solutions, express self, and build futures for all of us.
This happens through daily arts experiences, high expectations with abundant supports, and a culture of community that emphasizes safety, teamwork, attitude, respect and responsibility.
Montessori instruction begins next year for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten and will expand one grade level each year until all grades are Montessori. Teachers and assistants in each classroom will be Montessori trained and will utilize Montessori materials and practice in multi-age classes that foster community, curiosity, confidence, and collaboration.
OKLAHOMA A+ DEMONSTRATION SCHOOL
Recognized as a demonstration school in Oklahoma’s A+ school network, we value the arts as essential to culture and to living. Performing and visual arts are essential parts of students’ learning and experience and are integrated throughout our classrooms and throughout every school day.
BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNITY
We want our students to have the support they need to be their best selves every day. Our students start the day with community circles where students and teachers come together to build strong, trusting relationships that are foundational to great learning experiences. Through Tribes multi-age community meetings and social-emotional learning grounded in RULER from Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, our students learn the value of emotions, communication, and relationships, and learn and practice self-regulation and care for self and others.
CHILD-CENTERED ENVIRONMENT FOR ALL
Montessori is new to Grissom for Pre-K and K for 2021-2022, but we believe all students benefit from child-centered learning no matter what their grade. Students learn best when they are self-motivated, work both collaboratively and independently, and self-correct, all with the guidance of adults who care about them and their success. Students have those opportunities in each class, in art, music, and physical education, in clubs and extracurricular opportunities, and in STEAM projects and maker space activities in the classroom and in the library.
As a result, students learn self-control and self-discipline, and are inspired to work out of joy, curiosity, and a love of learning. A child-centered environment focuses on creating lifelong learners and self-motivated adults that realize their vision for their own life and enrich the lives of others.