Proven, experience-based learning helps kids excel. Programs at Parker flex around each student’s developmental tendencies, interests and pace. The learning process is largely based on thematic experiences, with an overarching structure, and curricula as a starting point.
"The entire staff seems to truly care about each child’s development" Parker Parent
Children's executive functioning skills – those connected to self-control and organization – are developed through sustained, themed play. Teachers respond and build on what emerges from the children’s play, and this is called play-based learning.
Lower School students are nurtured in their creativity, playfulness, and joy in discovery. Through a meaningful curriculum, they are challenged to develop powers of observation, analysis, critical thinking, self-evaluation, and collaboration.
Middle school inspires future leaders by challenging them to inquire, to think, to reason, and to act. Our talented and supportive faculty understands and responds to the unique needs of adolescents, fostering in each student a sense of confidence, ethics, responsibility, and respect for themselves and others.
Planet Parker is an outgrowth of our integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum and project-based program. It utilizes our unique campus, giving students and teachers a context for hands-on, experiential investigation and discovery that ignites enthusiasm, motivation, skill development, and commitment.
Lower & Middle School
From preschool through eighth grade, the classroom is extended to include exploration of our 77-acre campus, which features meadows, woods, trails, streams and a pond. Our summer programs offer the opportunity for year-round learning and continuity.
Children thrive as part of a respectful community that stresses mentoring instead of division by age. And teachers assess their progress by following each student closely, not by testing for rote learning—a departure from Common Core strategies.
The result? Our students are eager, active, fearless learners, driven by their own desire to accomplish and understand. Our teaching methods—validated by the latest educational research—produce graduates who excel in high school and beyond.