Elmwood Elementary School is a kindergarten to grade six elementary school committed to uniting, as a learning community, the students, parents, staff and interested others to create a very special learning environment. We utilize research-based practices to ensure individual growth, so the joy and discovery of learning becomes a life-long process. To this end, school goals include increasing students’ growth in the academic areas as well as nurturing creativity and life skills.
We have found that many of our beliefs that relate to student learning also apply to school staff members, as we work together to effect real change in the way we think about teaching and learning. Our future depends upon how we grow and change. We have seen that change will occur when risk taking is encouraged and valued. We believe that while people learn in different ways and at different rates, each person has strengths that need to be recognized and nurtured. We believe that each person learns best and can be successful when he or she is safe and secure and is given enough time and resources. Because change involves risk-taking, we believe that mutual trust, respect and honesty among all people are essential to learning, which goes beyond the schoolhouse and is a life long process.