Mission and Philosophy
The Miquon School treasures and celebrates childhood. We give our students time to play and grow. Our program and our environment encourage wonder, inquiry, independence, and discovery. We seek to create confident, life-long learners who will move out into the wider world with strong academic and social skills, intense personal interests, a love for the arts, and a commitment to building inclusive and peaceful communities. We are dedicated to learning together in the rich tradition of Progressive education that is our founders’ legacy.
Philosophy: Our 10 Tenets
At Miquon, we have prioritized and defined the particular Progressive philosophies which hold meaning and value for us into tenets. We find this list of tenets to have enduring value as the world changes around us. We return to it frequently as we reflect upon our professional practice, our goals for students, and our hopes for the future.
We believe that:
- Children learn by doing.
Projects and hands-on experiences are essential parts of our program that stimulate their desire to learn. Our children participate enthusiastically in meaningful work.
- Helping children learn to think is as important as teaching any specific subject matter.
As our children acquire knowledge and skills, we strengthen their ability to use those resources effectively. We prepare our children to be effective problem-solvers in every facet of their lives.
- Learning occurs in ways unique to each child.
We focus on children as individuals, and we respect their many learning styles. Thoughtful observation of children as they learn serves to shape and strengthen our teaching.
- Children’s curiosity and initiative are integral to their education.
Our planned instruction is augmented by opportunities for children to pursue their own interests. We give them time to explore, discover, dream, and create.
- Independence is a vital part of every child’s development.
We provide guidance and support as they apply their skills within expanding boundaries. With increasing freedom comes greater demand for self-discipline and responsibility; meeting that expectation promotes self-confidence.
- Working with others enhances children’s growth in every domain.
We value and encourage collaboration in the classroom and at play. We welcome diversity of ideas, ability, and culture.
- Every person is a thinker, creator, and contributor.
We maintain a community in which all can find their places as respected members.
- The natural world is a place to learn.
We treasure our unique environment. As part of a lesson or a source of playful revelation, nature weaves its way into every child’s experience.
- Childhood should be fun, and children should find joy in learning.
That joy comes from an inquisitive wonder at the universe they inhabit and confidence in their capacity to understand it.
- We believe that children can be upstanders and agents of change. Fostering respect for differences and developing the skills to challenge racism, hate, and bigotry helps children to make positive contributions in the world.
We believe that these attitudes will extend beyond the years of schooling and the boundaries of The Miquon School.
Diversity at Miquon
Miquon commits to being an anti-racist community through our curriculum and ongoing efforts to dismantle structural racism within and beyond the institution. We value the beauty and richness of our differences and are stronger because of our distinct backgrounds and plurality of perspectives. At Miquon, conversations about differences and belonging are integral not only in building an honest community but also in supporting each student in the development of their sense of self. We engage children intentionally in thoughtful, age-appropriate classroom discussions about real-world inequity. In philosophy and practice, Miquon strives to support every kind of diversity, be it an individual’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, political views, learning style, or ability. This work requires ongoing critical self-reflection, targeted education, and responsive action. We continue to learn, grow, and strive to create a school community that lives up to our ideals.
Honoring equity and diversity involves acknowledging when we fall short of creating a space where every community member can be appreciated for who they truly are. For Miquon, this work is innately collaborative. We support students and adults in deliberately confronting bias and racism, developing reflective practices, and valuing different points of view as we solve problems. The responsibility for creating a culture of belonging is one that lies with every member of this community, from the students and staff to the parents and Board.
Ultimately, any conversation at Miquon begins with the premise that our efforts are never complete. We recognize that conflicts can be rooted in limited perspectives and collective biases, and we aim to challenge them with vulnerability, honesty, and empathy. Each time we set foot on campus is an opportunity to live out our philosophy and create an environment in which more members feel ownership.