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Mission Statement

Catherine Cook empowers students from preschool through eighth grade to be adaptive, confident and productive stewards of an evolving world. Our community engages with ideals of cultural competence, progressive academics, ethical literacy, and innovation designed to inspire personal excellence and compassionate leadership.

Living Our Mission

At the Catherine Cook School, we strive to prepare students to participate in the discoveries and challenges of the future with the foundations of wisdom and personal discipline. Our school is dedicated to cultivating the unique nature and potential of each student and is committed to building a school community enhanced by racial, cultural, and socio-economic diversity. We provide a nurturing and caring environment enhanced by a low teacher-student ratio. We are interested in a personal learning approach that incorporates individual attention, hands-on experiential learning, and a challenging and well-rounded curriculum.

In the process of inspiring and educating children for life, we believe that students must learn how to think, to solve problems, to capitalize on strengths, to make good decisions, and to become effective communicators. In preparing students to live comfortably in an ever-changing and diverse society, we wish to move students beyond tolerating people different from themselves to engaging all people as valuable members of a global society.

We make every effort to ensure the academic program we offer is of the highest quality. We go to great lengths to hire the best teachers, adopt the best curricula, to be open to change, and to hold our school to the highest academic standards. A true willingness to listen and an engagement in professional reflection are indispensable components of our commitment to continual improvement, relevance, and accountability.

Educational Philosophy

At the Catherine Cook School, we believe that education is an evolving, dynamic, and lifelong process. In our rapidly changing society, it is not sufficient to merely pass on the received wisdom of the ages. We select carefully from older literacies, preserving what is best from the approaches of the past, while simultaneously reimagining education with the tools and capacities of the modern age. We cultivate proficiency in not only the traditional "Three Rs" but also in the Five Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking, and Character. We take seriously our responsibility to educate children for the unknown.

As educators, we teach children, not subjects. We guide inquiry, encourage innovative thinking, acknowledge perseverance, celebrate success, turn frustration into learning opportunities, awaken social responsibility, model fairness and justice—all while building and valuing relationships. We build the capacity for students to construct their education for themselves.

In addition, the faculty and staff model these values for the children by cultivating learning, honesty, compassion, and integrity among our educational community. We create a trusting and safe atmosphere for students to explore, question, practice, make mistakes, create, and imagine. By embracing a set of ethical values, we commit to communicating honestly and compassionately, and to actively question our assumptions about others. Lastly, we rely on partnerships with parents and guardians to enrich our understanding of their children, to share their unique knowledge and experiences, and to help us maintain a healthy and ever-growing learning community.

ROARS (Character Education)

Play is the context in which children develop the most significant social emotional growth, particularly in the areas of language/vocabulary, flexibility, resilience, and self-control. At Catherine Cook, we encourage our students to be ROARSy.