Mission + Philosophy
At Glen Urquhart, we encourage children to:
- Explore their intellects and develop their imaginations,
- Pose questions as often as they devise solutions,
- Speak individually, yet work collaboratively,
- Discover the best within themselves,
- Respect all people and value their differences,
- Act responsibly in our community and in the world.
Children thrive in a nurturing environment where their ideas, feelings and thoughts are valued.
Children learn best when a curriculum extends the boundaries of their intellects and encourages them to achieve their personal best.
Children find joy in learning when a curriculum is intellectually challenging, developmentally appropriate, integrated among subject areas, engaging of all their senses, and inclusive of resources beyond the school’s walls.
Experiential learning, thematic study, small group instruction, and integration of the arts in the academic disciplines expand the child’s knowledge base and lead to a greater depth of understanding.
Learning to work collaboratively, communicate effectively, solve problems creatively and act responsibly are essential parts of the curriculum.
The curriculum is enhanced by a campus designed to celebrate artistic expression, promote environmental awareness and appreciate and preserve the natural environment.
Children are enriched in a community that includes people of diverse cultures, backgrounds and ethnicities.
Community service encourages lifelong attitudes and actions that promote good citizenship.
Teachers are role models whose wisdom, skills and caring facilitate learning and help children develop diligence, confidence, morality, courage, humor and imagination.
Parents, teachers and children work together to build the positive community values of respect, kindness, empathy, acceptance, and personal integrity.
Today’s research confirms what we’ve known since Glen Urquhart School began. People need to use both the right and left sides of their brains to tackle the challenges of our world. Knowledge from different disciplines needs to be synthesized. Creativity needs voice in mathematics and science as well as in visual and performing arts. Only then are the best solutions found, the greatest accomplishments made.
Our interdisciplinary curriculum helps students understand that one discipline informs another. Students see literature, science, mathematics, world language study, and social studies as interrelated. They grasp that one cannot fully learn about any discipline in a vacuum, but must study the connections to other fields.
Interdisciplinary learning is enhanced by yearlong themes in each grade. Kindergarten begins the GUS academic journey with “The World Around Us,” and eighth grade completes the cycle with a consideration of “Where do I live? Where am I going?” In seventh and eighth grades, students return to the themes tackled in kindergarten and first grade, but this time with increased maturity and complexity.
The GUS commitment to knowledge, creativity, and character is evident in our pedagogy every day. Just as we want our students to understand the relationship between disciplines, so do we expect them to apply their understanding in imaginative and constructive ways. Thus, once our students learn, they are encouraged to express their knowledge creatively and apply it to issues in the community and the world.
The Glen Urquhart multi-focused approach, enhanced by a student:faculty ratio of 7 to 1, prepares young people to be the thinkers and doers who can make our world a better place.
Download GUS at a Glance, which contains an overview of GUS facts and figures.