The Simon School is the realization of a dream. Our founder, Carolina Simon, dreamed of a school that put Student's developmental, emotional, and academic needs first. A school that was centered on teaching students how to seek wisdom and truth and their shared humanity. She dreamed of a school that took best practices from the best educational systems around the world and of a school where secondary school students could feel as excited and joyful about learning as they did on their first day of Kindergarten. A place that embraces parent involvement as their child's most important teacher. A place where everyone is seen, heard, and cherished.
So after years of teaching, she decided to create The Simon School - a private educational option focusing entirely on a Classical education model with applications based assessments. We only teach the Humanities (Reading/Literature, Rhetoric & Composition, History, Art, theater, and philosophy). We do so by focusing on our motto - Prudentia, Humanitas, Veritas. Therefore our entire curriculum seeks to understand humanity, where it did things well and when it failed itself and those around them. While we do not teach math and science explicitly, we integrate it into our other lessons through practical use applications based projects such as gardening, culinary, maker-space and conservationism.
Can we teach to our inner-child and still be rigorous?
In a word...YES!
When we teach to our inner child we focus on wonder, curiosity, discovery, innovation, creativity, problem-solving, and dare I say it... FUN!
Teaching to our inner-child does not affect rigor. Rigor comes from an expectation of deep critical thinking about the subject matter being studied, not the level of enjoyment from the study itself.
The key to doing this well is small class size coupled with a balanced approach of traditional and experiential (field trips and projects) learning along with the involvement of all our senses - we learn with our minds, bodies, and souls.