At WCS, we see education as a natural byproduct of a whole child’s growth and development. As a community, we cultivate a sense of mutual trust as the foundation for building authentic relationships and learning that engages all modes of intelligence.
“Education is the sum of everything a person learns that enables that person to live a satisfying and meaningful life.” – Alliance for Self-Directed Education
Practical skills and positive educational development are fostered through active and intentional interactions with trained facilitators, parents, and fellow students in a safe and compassionate context. In traditional schools, the student is the object of training, but in our unschooled, agile learning environment, the child is the active agent in creating.
“The correct analogy for the mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting—no more—and then it motivates one towards originality and instills the desire for truth.” – Plutarch, from “On Listening” in Moralia
We do not coerce learning or force participation on children. Rather, we offer the unique opportunity of self-directed learning, in which each child states his or her own intentions and naturally learns “traditional” academic skills in other contexts. We work to create opportunities for those intentions to be achieved and encourage responsible reflection. At WCS, we believe that a child who moves freely and has plenty of access to nature and self-directed play time has a better ability to self-regulate, remain agile, and focus during quieter times of the day.
At WCS, education isn’t measured by standardized outcomes. Children in this holistic, adaptable environment learn more than just testable knowledge. We value ongoing learning that facilitates the development of essential life skills like creative problem solving, leadership and coherence-holding, time management, critical thinking, decision making, planning long- and short-term projects, and taking responsibility for intended and unintended consequences of one’s actions.
This is a truly cooperative environment, in which each family is dedicated to and involved in every aspect of a child’s education. Families must be legally registered as homeschoolers and are responsible for adhering to state requirements. The participation of parents and guardians is essential to maintaining our healthy ecosystem. Parents work alongside facilitators to ensure a safe and trustworthy space for learning and serve the school in a variety of ways. For more detailed information about parent/guardian involvement, see our Family Involvement page.