How is the

MONROE COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL MODEL different from traditional school?


You recognize a Country Day School by these characteristics:

  • Emphasis on learning by doing – hands-on projects, experiential learning, and learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution.

  • Integrated curriculum – the ongoing act of learning about different subjects simultaneously. This is achieved by guiding students to use other content knowledge to solve problems or answer questions.

  • Strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking – students learn as they journey through content, interact with lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other. They don’t just take a test or produce a product at the end to show their learning.

  • Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge – it’s not about being assigned a report on a specific person It’s about researching someone to honor, designing your own monument, and persuasively pitching your idea.

  • Collaborative and cooperative learning projects – it is learning to work with others to accomplish goals.

  • Highly personalized education accounting for each individual’s personal goals, needs and interests.

  • Education for social responsibility and democracy with the integration of community service and service learning projects into the daily curriculum.

  • Emphasis on lifelong learning and social skills.

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