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The Gordon School

A progressive school

Progressive education is about putting children, and their voices, at the center of their learning.

Gordon recognizes that children come into school with important knowledge, understandings, relationships, values, and backgrounds. A progressive curriculum and pedagogy honors students’ questions and their experiences. At Gordon, children are not empty vessels to be filled with information. Instead, teachers use what they hear and observe to shape the curriculum.

Gordon builds an authentic sense of curiosity, awe, and wonder in children. They are not simply pursuing learning for an external reward or motivation. They're doing it because they want to understand the world. At age three, Gordon students pose and answer questions they’ve never considered before. The greatest accomplishment of Gordon's progressive education is that their learning remains relevant, and the fourteen-year-olds are still asking new questions, and finding answers for themselves.