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Philosophy

Two first grade students painting together

Social Justice Statement 

Francine Delany New School For Children is an inclusive community that is committed to promoting social justice and preserving the inherent worth and human dignity of every person.

As individuals and as a school we will:

  • Practice fairness and equality for people of every race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, ability, socio-economic status, religious belief, political view and other identities.
  • Analyze multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary issues.
  • Build a community of critical thinkers who are active in the world.

 We are committed to ongoing learning, raising awareness, and fostering dialogue around issues of social justice. 

Kindergartener sitting at classroom table coloring with mask on.

Philosophy for Learning

We believe that students learn best when they are actively engaged in an experientially rich, hands-on program of study in classrooms that serve as working models of the learning community we strive to create.  Students are challenged to develop critical thinking skills and to reach ambitious academic goals while developing self-respect and respect for others.  Curiosity and creativity are valued; teachers function as guides and partners.

We are required to participate in the North Carolina Accountability and School Reporting program, therefore our students do participate in End of Grade and End of Course. We follow the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in all tested subjects.  However, we teach using authentic learning materials and individualized instruction, rather than textbooks and pre-programmed curricula.  Students read in self-chosen age- and ability-appropriate novels, write on self-chosen topics, use primary sources for research, and use manipulatives to study math concepts.  This method of teaching requires small classroom sizes and a strong sense of personal accountability from each student.

Different students learn differently.  We offer opportunites for students to demonstrate their learning in ways other than pencil-and-paper through the arts, movement, projects, and collaboration with the community. We advocate for student’s voices to be heard. We honor student choice and facilitate student-centered learning through exploration, constructivist teaching, and collaborative work.

The learning community we strive to create includes students, teachers, parents and guardians, and the community working in partnership.  Parents and guardians are always welcome in the classroom, and staff works hard to be responsive to parents and guardians on the telephone and in conferences.  We encourage parents and guardians to be responsive to us as well.

Finally, we are committed to honoring the professionalism and skill of our talented teaching staff.