Mission & Philosophy

Mission & Philosophy

The Orchard School’s mission is to develop and educate the whole child. As a progressive, non-sectarian, independent school, Orchard commits to advancing each student’s academic success, self-confidence, open-mindedness, ethical character, leadership, and love of learning.

This is the 100th year of successful outcomes at The Orchard School. Orchard provides a Progressive education with a focus on experiential hands-on learning. Our 43-acre wooded campus provides many outdoor learning spaces letting us stay true to our commitment that nature is the best teacher.

List of 4 items.

  • Progressive Teaching

    • Engage the natural curiosity of students in an active, child-centered, and experiential learning environment.
    • Provide a well-rounded education that includes core academics, visual/performing arts, physical education, outdoor education, service learning and extracurricular activities to develop the whole child.
    • Differentiate instruction to meet students’ individual needs.
  • Academic Excellence

    • Create an expectation of achievement by extending the curriculum beyond grade level benchmarks.
    • Encourage independent thought and expression, construction and application of knowledge, critical thinking, problem-solving, persistence, and collaboration.
    • Develop lifelong learners.
  • Diversity and Education for a Global Society

    • Foster, appreciate and support a diverse faculty and student body.
    • Experience, learn, and practice inclusion, equity, and social justice.
    •  Develop the capacity to recognize and respect differences through curriculum, open inquiry, and learning from multiple perspectives.
  • Character Development/ Behavioral Excellence

    • Foster personal integrity and respect for self, others, and the world around us.
    • Commit to service and civic responsibility.
    • Live the Orchard core values of friendship, fairness, honesty, responsibility, self-discipline, respect, trustworthiness, compassion, and moral courage.