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Our Mission

The Young School and Elementary is a private independent school offering quality education for children twelve months to 8 years of age.  Our program serves a culturally diverse community.  Throughout the school, age groups are developmentally integrated in a challenging and cooperative atmosphere.

The school develops each child’s spirit of independent inquiry as well as each child’s realization of his/her worth. TYS&E's staff encourages individuality through acceptance, appropriate activity, stimulation, and direction. Our environment assists each child in their self-development, enhancing his or her own growth.

A caring, nurturing and devoted staff recognizes and addresses each child’s special pattern of growth: physical, emotional, social and intellectual.

Reggio Emilia Philosophy

Since 2003, The Young School and Elementary educators have been strongly inspired by the philosophy and characteristics of the schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

The city of Reggio Emilia in Italy is world-renowned for its innovative and high quality education.

The Reggio Emilia approach is not a method or a curriculum, it is a set of principles for integrating children's development and social-cultural environment with the best theory and practice concerning children's education.  This approach has created great enthusiasm among parents, teachers and educators throughout the world's educational community. 

The Reggio Emilia approach to educating children brings about learning that is inspired by the richness of life.  It constantly invokes a child's sense of wonder, evokes his emotions, provokes his thought processes, and nurtures in him an intrinsic desire to learn.

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