Portrait of a Green Hedges School Graduate

It has been the hope of those who teach in this school to make of it a clear window on the world, so that the children graduating from the school would meet adulthood with the excitement of well-armed challenge, fully enlightened idealism, and the courage of real wisdom.  — Kenton Kilmer, co-Founder

 

How We Cultivate our Graduates with Values

To Achieve Distinction, GHS students learn to become independent, critical thinkers

- Shows grit and perseverance
- Dives into creative processes
- Risk-taker willing to embrace new experiences + flexible problem solver
- Intrinsically motivated
To Become Yourself, GHS students are cultivated to become purposeful communicators and leaders

- Collaborator and advocator
- Exhibits strength of character
- Self-aware and self-confident
- Makes meaningful connections with others
To Explore Opportunities, GHS students are supported to become multifaceted contributors

- Balanced polymath + interdisciplinary thinker
- Takes ownership and initiative
- Intellectually curious with a growth mindset
- Appreciation for the arts + passionate reader
To Inspire Character, GHS students are developed to become responsible community members

- Ethical global citizen + steward of the earth’s resources
- Values bringing joy to school and community
- Respects others’ differences and embraces diverse perspectives
- Respectful, kind, and compassionate

The Unique Green Hedges Journey

The Green Hedges School journey is fortified by developmentally-appropriate learning and experiences starting at age 2 and culminating in Grade 8.  The Journey begins and ends with a unique three-year cycle. The youngest children, ages 3 through 5, are steeped in a deep love for learning to foster independence and curiosity.  The oldest children, in Grades 6 – 8, participate in challenging academics within a safe, supportive community-based environment so necessary during the awkward teen years. During Grades 1 – 5, because of the excellent faculty and small class size, Green Hedges students thrive in this child-centered community because each child is known well. The Green Hedges program serves as an indispensable scaffolding, providing essential cultivation throughout each phase of the journey in pursuit of developing the graduate.

  • Early Childhood: Our preschool through kindergarten program adheres to the Montessori philosophy of education. The curriculum promotes hands-on learning, self-discovery, exploration, and an awareness of order in the world, children embark on their school experience with a sense of joy, wonder, and independence.
  • Lower School: During Grade 1 – 5, children are encouraged to extend their knowledge and experiences and relate them to other areas of learning and exploration. In addition, cultivating respect for others, character development, and study skills to strengthen executive functioning are important elements of each child’s development.
  • Middle School: The Middle School at Green Hedges builds on the rich and challenging program in the Lower School while offering new experiences that foster leadership. In conjunction with the competencies developed in the grade-level curriculum grids, effective study habits and skills, independence, and responsibility are key components of middle school. The middle school years offer students exciting and rewarding opportunities to explore the expanding world of knowledge and perspectives in all subject areas.

Green Hedges graduates pursue more than professional success. They seek out opportunities to contribute to missions larger than themselves and offer their individual gifts through volunteer efforts within their community and throughout the world. Green Hedges graduates go on to excel in the best independent high schools and colleges and universities by contributing not only academic excellence, but also through depths of talent in extra-curricular pursuits, such as the arts and athletics, and continue to exhibit a strong sense of character and values.