At Peregrine School, our mission is to educate children to be creative, critical thinkers. We integrate the academic rigor of a classical liberal arts education with child-driven projects in the arts and sciences; at the same time, we promote the emotional and physical health of the children. Our goal is to create life long learners who reach their full potential as contributors to the global community.
Operating since 2007, Peregrine School is a small, independent, non-profit school. In fall 2010, we launched our elementary school at which we currently offer grades one through eight.
* Very low student: teacher ratios.
* Highly educated and child-centered teaching teams
* Skills taught in small groups, with individual attention as needed.
* Emphasis on science, social studies and the arts.
* Hot, nutritious lunches.
* Full-day daycare options.
* Physical exercise, health and nutrition.
* Specialty classes in music, drama, yoga and dance taught by experts.
* Multicultural celebrations.
* Warm, family centered, nurturing environment.
* Attention to social and emotional development.
* Service Learning.
* Frequent field trips to Mondavi performances and educational sites.
We are small, and nurture each child. Peregrine School is a community which knows and cares about each of its members, and where parents are welcome to bring their own interests and skills to the classroom if they choose. Our focus on health and nutrition creates a balanced, full experience for the children. School is a place where children want to be, where they thrive and play and run and do yoga and work hard and eat good food. A place they feel loved and where their voices are heard. We value diversity and consciously create a sense in the children that they live in the world, and have responsibilities to their community, both locally and globally.
For a vibrant democracy and economy, we need future citizens who can think. Children must learn to grapple with complex problems, manage large bodies of information, and have the self confidence to put their vision into practice in the world. Test based education pushes the schools away from academic content, toward an increasing emphasis on skills alone. Skills, such as reading and arithmetic, are necessary; they are not sufficient.
Qualities which make childhood joyful—curiosity, creativity, imagination, questioning-- are not “extras,” they are crucial to future success. At Peregrine we honor childhood. We respect the intellect and sense of wonder in each child. By integrating the academic rigor of a classical liberal arts education with child-driven, project-based learning, we help each child reach his or her full potential. Our goal is to create people who are driven by their passions and in possession of the tools they need to make them manifest.