Gina Farrar, PhD                    Head of School

 Gina Farrar, PhD                    Head of School

Welcome from our Head of School

Blue School, at its founding, set out to reimagine education for children in our changing world. As the world develops at a greatly accelerated pace, Blue School’s primary purpose is to combine the best educational practices with the most current innovative approaches to learning that are steeped in human development and neuroscience. A guiding  question we  always consider is, “What is the best way for us, as a school, to prepare our students for an unknown future?” In each period of history, changes in our environment have shaped what it takes to be sustainable and harmonious and Blue School strives to achieve this  alignment. Building upon the newest research about learning, the need for collaboration and flexibility in the workplace, and the impact of social and self-intelligence’s role in creating a vibrant learning environment to inspire lifelong learning, Blue School has developed an approach to education that balances academic mastery, self and social intelligence and creative thinking. We believe equilibrium among these three domains is needed in education to help children develop to their fullest potential. 

On a visit to Blue School you may first notice the joyful smiles of students walking, or likely running, to school in the morning! You will see the school’s commitment to providing a nurturing community that holds and cares deeply and authentically for its members. Acts of kindness are all around. The children have respect for one another and gain pleasure from their relationships, whether it be through encouraging a classmate to speak up when it is their turn to present a story or inviting them to be a part of a discussion about the difference between evidence and assumption. The students understand that action connected to their values is part of their responsibility as social beings, as it pertains to their families, classrooms, neighborhood and the broader global and political sphere. Because their ideas and perspectives are respected, they are willing to engage actively and their voices grow strong even as they maintain the ability and desire to hear others’ points of view. Creative thinking is nurtured as students are encouraged to explore meaningful questions from many perspectives. Academic work is integrated through an inquiry based model. Teachers take every opportunity to say “yes” while listening to and supporting children’s questions, insights and interest through academic initiatives that unleash their curiosity and intellectual passions.

As you explore our website, hearing from our  founders and meeting the inspired educators and thought leaders on our advisory board, you will understand more about the inspiration for and work of the school.  I hope that you will visit our school to see first hand our joyful and engaged students who are comfortable being their fully authentic selves. You will find evidence of the many projects that build mastery and engagement, as well as the students’ ability to think critically about their world. You will witness the passion and intensity with which the students approach this work. You can sign up for an Admissions tour  or open house, attend a public event, or email info@blueschool.org to request more information about our school.

Balancing mastery of academic skills by inspiring passion through creative thinking and problem-solving, while fostering one’s ability to act and respond to the world around us with self and social understanding, are powerful and positive goals for children and our future global community. This is the focus of our work at Blue School, because we believe these goals are necessary and attainable for children and our world. Come and see us!
 

Warmly,

Gina Farrar, PhD