The Independent Choice

Class Size Matters

Small classes mean all students receive individual attention. No one falls through the cracks. Our student-to-teacher ratio varies by grade with the grades K-3 at 10:1 ratio, and our grades 4-8 at 14:1 on average. 

9-Year Journey

When students enter in Kindergarten they begin a 9-year journey. In that time the relationships they forge with their peer group and the teachers who take the journey with them is priceless. Our faculty and staff know children well beyond a single year, and their familiarity with each child’s learning process allows them to truly know each student and what works best for them.

Hands On Thematic Units

We choose to deeply immerse our students in every aspect of their learning through subject-integrated thematic units that foster stronger connections between concepts and lasting understanding.

Travel Study and Outdoor Education

Students venture outside the classroom and beyond our island throughout the year. Connecting academic lessons with life experiences cultivates lasting bonds and builds independent thinkers.

Service Learning

Service to our community and our environment is part of school life. Our students experience giving back to our island community as well as places far from home. Connecting to the environment, to one’s community, and supporting a cause that is near and dear to students, brings a level of compassion that is often missing from society at large

Cornerstone Values Lived Every Day

Our Cornerstone Values help us celebrate all that is good about community and togetherness. By living these values daily, we are able to both honor and value the power of each individual as well as the diversity of our community. These values provide guidance and lessons to all members of our community – our families, faculty, students and staff. They influence our curriculum, govern our actions with each other, and remind us of that to which we aspire.

ACCOUNTABILITY is recognizing and taking responsibility for one’s actions and decisions, and being answerable to the consequences.

COMPASSION is looking beyond our own needs and concerns and having empathy for the experiences and culture of others.

INTEGRITY is honesty in our relationships with others and with ourselves. Integrity allows us to stand up for our beliefs and to speak and act truthfully.

PERSONAL BEST is pushing ourselves to our limit by embracing tasks and activities that may be in, or out of, our comfort zone. Our focus is on being the best that we can be in relation to ourselves, rather than in comparison to others.

RESPECT is considering someone’s feelings, needs, thoughts, ideas, wishes and preferences before acting. Our actions convey respect yet we also feel respect for others as well as feel respected by others. 

RESPONSIBILITY is our duty to act for the benefit of our community but also for society at large, fulfilling our duty to maintain a balance between what is equitable and just for us and for the world in which we live.

At Harbor School, our Cornerstone Values are lived every day through class meetings, greetings and messages, team building activities, and intentional modeling. The climate of our classrooms validates students’ feelings and ensures that everyone feels safe and cared for. We are intentional about modeling, nurturing, defining, and praising accomplishments that stem from good effort as well as acts of kindness, citizenship, and caring.