We Nurture Innate Curiosity
In the Socratic classroom, we begin with the premise that there is always more to learn. A child’s natural drive to ask more and better questions is refined with the guidance of expert teachers who optimally support and enhance each student’s intrinsic ability. Differentiated learning, Responsive Classroom practices, and two full time teachers in each K-5 classroom are elements of this environment where curiosity and the willingness to try, fail, and learn from mistakes is viewed as an essential starting point for learning.
Kids Thrive in Our Community
What happens at the intersection of goodness and knowledge? In the Black Pine Circle community, students learn to engage with diverse viewpoints from a place of humility and self-reflection. Cultivating empathy and active listening supports academic as well as social and emotional growth. All facets of school life reflect our understanding that we are one interconnected family, and we succeed together. In a community that sees and values each individual, students build connections that may last a lifetime.
We Cultivate an Inquiring Mind
Through constant inquiry, our students develop deep understanding and exceptional critical-thinking skills. Academic excellence comes naturally to students who are immersed in a joyful and industrious learning community. Our faculty partners every day with students to help them find what Vygotsky called the “Zone of Proximal Development”, that vibrant state when the learner is at the exhilarating and sometimes uncomfortable edge of their abilities.
Their Unique Voice Will Emerge
Whatever your passion, your interest will find a home at Black Pine Circle School! Our exceptional arts program is just one way that children thrive while learning confidence, collaboration, and communication skills. By graduation, our students have developed individual passions and learned how to share that love with their communities. Students pursue mastery in the arts, in math, in our award winning Maker program, and in countless other areas that prepare them to enter high school with academic confidence and intellectual enthusiasm.
How We Learn
Hearing and holding disparate views cultivates broad-thinking, passionate learners.
Knowing your child deeply allows us to keep them engaged and challenged.
Arts & Academics
Our program thoughtfully integrates arts and academics, and incorporates social and emotional learning.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
We believe that the strength and vitality of our community stems from diversity in race, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, nationality and religion.
typical class size
faculty hold advanced degrees
1 in 3
faculty of color*
Facts as of May 2018.