The Greenwood community is dedicated to supporting the well-being every student. Because parenting is important for all young people, we do our best to make Greenwood a home away from home. Although our program is structured and maintains definite behavioral expectations, the atmosphere here is relaxed and friendly. Students are supported in taking responsibility for harmonious interpersonal relationships.
We nurture a sense of partnership in the school family. For example, students and faculty are on a first name basis, faculty dogs frequent classes and activities, and faculty families (including young children) often join us for meals in the dining hall – just a few of the small ways in which we help to engender familial feelings and relaxed communication.
In addition to the school morning meeting, small groups of students meet regularly for a social pragmatics class. These classes provide a forum for resolving personal and community conflicts and for improving social interactions. Here, students learn effective strategies for creative problem solving and complex social relationships. These strategies were developed specifically for Greenwood by Tom Scheidler, Greenwood’s co-founder, and additional curriculum based on the work of leaders in the field such as Michelle Garcia Winner are used to augment Greenwood’s individual approach. Refined over the years, Greenwood’s pro-social development curriculum has been recognized at national and international educational conferences.
Dormitory life is an important part of Greenwood’s program. To create a positive environment for community living, most teachers participate in dorm life and assist the faculty who live in the dorm. Spending time together both in and outside the classroom fosters close relationships between teachers and students.
We believe that good communication skills are essential to the development of all areas of language; indeed, they are the purpose for which language exists. In order to support the development of language and communication skills, the recreational use of computers, television, and electronic games is limited.