About Green Hedges School
Learn about Green Hedges School and what makes us such a warm and nurturing environment for your child.
What do children need in order to learn and grow? We believe that it begins with good guides on their educational journey–teachers who care about their students and know how to bring out their best. Children need a place that taps into their innate curiosity, where they feel safe to try new things, where they can make mistakes and learn from them. They need challenge. They need support. They need to be believed in.
All of this happens in an environment that’s close knit and connected–in a small wonder like Green Hedges. Read on to learn more about what makes Green Hedges School a place where students are known and recognized, valued for their gifts and talents, but more importantly for who they are as people.
Green Hedges is an “and” school. Rather than limit a child’s options, we expose students to a broad range of experiences, in and out of the classroom. Our students do history and STEM and French and drawing and painting and ceramics. They do band and theater. They take trips where they learn about the ecosystem and the Chesapeake Bay and team-building and leadership and each other. They do food drives and recycling projects and other kinds of good works out in the community. At an “and” school, you become an “and” person. You see possibilities, not limitations, and you draw on your broad range of experience to explore all that those possibilities have to offer.
Older students are role models for younger ones. Middle School students run all-school meetings and presentations, greet families at morning drop-off, and take charge of community service activities.
Beginning in the earliest grades, Green Hedges cultivates leaders, helping students learn to lead ethically and responsibly at a time when being a leader is an important part of a young person’s development.
As a private school, visual art, music, and drama play a vital role in every student’s education. Student paintings, sculptures, and ceramic works enliven the hallways. Grade-level plays and concerts fill the school calendar, and the Winter and Spring Concerts are much-anticipated highlights. Groups like the Jazz Band perform at community events. Green Hedges was founded by artists, and their creative spirit continues to inspire us.
Because experience – hands-on, in the real world – is a powerful teacher, we make sure students get out into that world in an array of meaningful ways. Our youngest students tend a garden on campus. Older students go on overnight trips learning the farm-to-table food cycle or about Chesapeake Bay ecology. Each Middle School grade explores an East Coast city, and optional Spring Break trips take students to Canada, Belize, and Costa Rica.