WHY Us?

The Green School strives to provide an international education to South African children

OUR CURRICULUM

The Green School uses the Common Core Standards and Benchmarks from Grade 0-7. Our approach to education comes from global best practices from international curriculums around the world. We are inspired by and strive to maintain ongoing professional development and training from institutes and authors such as: The Responsive Classroom Approach, The Teachers College at Columbia University, Sir Ken Robinson, Brene Brown, Lucy Calkins, John Hattie and Dr Carol Dweck. These thought-leaders shape our philosophy, our curriculum and our approach to education.

Rigorous Academics.
Applied Skills

Setting your child up for success from the start, by exposing them to a stimulating environment that explicitly teaches the skills and strategies required to apply mathematical problem solving, reading comprehension and the writing process from an early age.

Small Classes.
Big Thinking

Our small classes allow for active engagement, academic coaching and deep connections. This exclusive learning environment promotes differentiation and individual excellence.

Expert Training.
Skilled Teaching

Our team of passionate educators has a combined skill-set ranging from psychometry to psychology, science, business and education, who see them-selves as life-long learners and actively participate in continuous professional development.

OUR PHILOSOPHY: DEVELOPMENTAL HARMONY™

Through many  years of research by our industry experts and international training in educational best practices, we identified that when a child’s physical, social emotional, environmental and intellectual needs are in harmony, it sparks a connection with learning that enables us to implement a rigorous curriculum with a child-centered approach.

The Green School is pioneering our own unique and holistic approach to education called Developmental Harmony™. This philosophy teaches timeless skills and strategies while inspiring students to become intrinsically motivated, growing into life-long learners and ultimately creating  “whole children” in every aspect.

Intellectual Growth

Intellectual Development: This is done by implementing a relevant curriculum that allows for a solid foundation in reading, writing and numeracy. Skills are taught over content, which allows us to facilitate learning of essential skills that are required for the future and the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

Social Emotional Growth

Social and Emotional Development: This is done by implementing Responsive classroom and favours connections over control of students, as we believe that connection is the catalyst to learning. Students are encouraged and coached into developing a growth mindset and grit. 

Environmental
Growth

Environmental Development: Our students are exposed to an environment of conscious schooling, where they have insight it themselves, others and the environment. We aim to create an environment that allows for developmental harmony.

Physical
Growth

Physical Development: Our students participate in Sports each day, that allows for physical development. Alongside with a multi-sensory curriculum, we are able to reach each student where they are at, in their unique development stage. We believe that this is an important aspect of anyone’s overall well-being. 

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Intellectual Growth ​

An approach that includes the essential elements of language and phonics. It aims to produce proficient readers and writers through Read Alouds, Guided Reading, Shared Reading, Intercative Writing, Independent Reading, Independent Writing and Word Study.

A numeracy approach that incorporates relevant, real and meaningful instruction. Number Sense, New Zealand Maths and TouchMath are incorporated to ensure development of number concepts. Students are individually assessed at the beginning and end of each year to better support and extend their learning.

Information studies is a skills-based workshop-approach to teaching subjects. Information studies covers the subject standards of social sciences, natural sciences and life skills. In grade 4-7 the focus of these units is on the ability to read and write about non-fiction texts and develop skills specialised for each subject. This includes; history and geography essays, science books and ‘reading to learn’ study skills. The skills taught in these ‘subjects’ are based on international curriculum and the child’s areas of interest within each subject. 

S.T.E.A.M is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student enquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

Genius Hour is an inquiry-driven, passion-based classroom strategy designed to excite and engage students through the unrestrained joy of learning. This is accomplished by setting aside time in our weekly classroom schedules when students are able to learn about and create whatever they want, unencumbered by teacher control.

Refers to participation in a range of activities that allow for creative and imaginative expression, such as music, art, creative movement, and drama. The creative arts engage children’s minds, bodies, and senses. The arts invite children to listen, observe, discuss, move, solve problems, and imagine using multiple modes of thought and self‐expression.

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Social Emotional Growth ​

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to education that focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning (SEL). The Responsive Classroom approach empowers educators to create safe, joyful, and engaging learning communities where all students have a sense of belonging and feel significant. 
www.responsiveclassroom.org

We ensure that we are aware of students interests and personalities to ensure that we are able to provide them with effective, engaging and relevant education. It is important for each child to understand different personalities to ensure good teamwork and collaboration in the school and bigger world. This increase their tolerance overall.

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Physical Growth ​

Physical exercise is an essential part of any students’ physical development. Exercise is incorporated into each day, where there is a focus on age-appropriate development of gross motor skills and overall physical well-being.

When and where required, our curriculum is adapted to include occupational therapy activities to ensure that students are meeting age-appropriate development such as fine motor skills and core development.

By incorporating all five senses into our learning, we develop effective strategies to teach and coach a diverse range of students. By understanding a student’s learning style, we are able to personalise our instruction. This may incorporate auditory, kinetic or visual learning.

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Environmental Growth

Service Learning moves students towards goals in the curriculum by actively involving students in a range of student-driven projects that benefit others and the community around them. 

This is a concept that encourages a community of teachers to connect more deeply with their students to create a motivating and fulfilling learning environment. The focus is on the connections between all aspects of the world and the impact that each individual has on the environment.