Academics

Academic Philosophy

We believe in...

List of 5 items.

  • Dialogue in Small Classes

    We believe that small classes are the key to a great education. Field teachers really know their students—and that makes all the difference in building the trust that allows students to take risks as they learn.
  • Flexibility, Critical Thinking, Caring

    Small classes afford each student attention and give teachers the opportunity to respond quickly to need, they foster the understanding and confidence essential to learning academic and social skills, and they demand the critical thinking that is vital both to communication and to the expression of the generosity of heart that holds a community together.
  • Skills-Based Education

    At Field, the emphasis is on the core academic skills rather than the memorization of a litany of facts. Our classes provide students with instruction in critical thinking, analysis, problem-solving, discussion, and writing.
  • Educating a Wide Range of Students

    All Field students are highly intelligent, but they do not all learn in the same way or at the same pace. We know that there are all kinds of minds. That's why our classes are small: because we are dedicated to teaching (and assessing) in a variety of ways—through hands-on instruction, in small groups, using art or creativity, by discussion, by lecture. Many different students thrive in our classrooms, including those with mild to moderate diagnosed learning differences. But all of our students are keenly engaged, with teachers and with each other, in classrooms rich in conversation.
  • Fields of Knowledge

    The Field in The Field School refers to the interdisciplinary, interconnected education we offer. Field teaches "fields" of knowledge that all relate to each other, with the goal of allowing students to build their own personal vision. This goal is reiterated by our mission: Self-Discovery, Skills of Mind, Generosity of Heart. These seven words are well-known by every student and teacher in the school and they come alive in every class, every day.

Dale Johnson, Head of School

Field's academic philosophy rests on the principle that students learn most effectively when they are engaged individually and in a comfortable setting that allows for dialogue, doing and creativity.

As a practical matter, this philosophy relies on small classes and excellent teachers. In the largest sense, Field stands for an education that creates a genuine excitement about learning.