Leadership comes naturally
We believe strongly in offering leadership opportunities for children in all ages and all stages. From the earliest years in Chilton House, using a budding understanding of our 4 C’s --- courtesy, consideration, cooperation and compassion --- as a guide to their behavior, children develop the skills to lead their peers while at the same time learn what it mean to be an integral part of a group. We also understand the importance of middle school as a culminating period of a child's education, and therefore all in our community look to our older students as role models, a responsibility they take seriously and accept with pride.
Lifelong passions are discovered
At Elisabeth Morrow, we embrace the notion that even the youngest children can have serious passions and pursuits and we acknowledge and support them wherever we can. As our students enter eighth grade, they must reflect upon those passions and the role that they will play in the next step in their educational journey. Our students do this with a deep awareness of who they are as learners and individuals.
No one gets stuck in the middle
Early adolescence is a time of great upheaval for students and it's easy for them to get lost between the little kids and the older teens. At a school that ends in eighth grade, middle school students have many of the same kinds of extracurricular activities that older students enjoy in high school --- and those activities get the kind of institutional focus that they deserve.
Children need childhood
Childhood is over in the blink of an eye. It is far too easy in today’s world for adults to focus solely on the future and attempt to rush children through the next developmental milestone. A school that educates children through childhood gives families permission to focus on the here and now and recognize just how much is learned throughout these years. Our school also is a safe environment for emerging adolescents, for whom the urge to emulate older students is strong. EMS students are encouraged to be mature and take on ever-increasing amounts of age-appropriate responsibility, while at the same time having no peer pressure to grow up too fast.