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How We Teach

Open Minds, Active Learning

School One's small classes mean that each student is seen and heard (and can’t tune out in the back row!). They are also discussion-based rather than lecture-based, inviting all students to contribute. With longer class periods than most schools in Rhode Island, students have adequate time for hands-on projects, in-depth discussions and problem-solving.

Meeting Students’ Individual Needs in Rhode Island

Teachers are experienced with students’ various learning styles and are skilled at differentiating their methods accordingly. They believe all children can succeed, and strive to see that they do so.

Depth vs. Breadth of Coverage

Rather than expect students to memorize numerous facts, we teach them to think critically and to express themselves effectively. Students in upper-level Humanities courses read extensively, engage in intellectual debates and write weekly analytical essays, as in a college seminar.

Structure, Flexibility and Accountability

Our program combines structure with flexibility, and demands accountability. For example, teachers measure students’ efforts against their potential rather than against classmates’ efforts. By using written evaluations instead of letter grades, they focus student attention on their own work and not on competing against others. Students are given opportunities to revise their work, but receive credit only when all assignments are completed to their teachers’ explicit satisfaction.

Hear how faculty describe teaching and learning at School One in our video.

“Teachers and staff lead not only with their knowledge but also with their hearts.”






 Academic Support

Students can get extra help from teachers in several ways, including:

  • Detailed feedback on assignments
  • One-on-one resource coaching
  • Afterschool tutoring Mon.-Thurs.