How We Learn
The San Carlos School District shall provide an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child to ensure all students are well prepared for success in the 21st Century, as evidenced by:
- Reaching their highest academic, social, emotional, intellectual, and physical potential
- Becoming problem solvers, critical thinkers, risk-takers, designers, collaborators, and innovators
- Developing into contributing, empathic citizens and leaders who are responsible stewards of their world and care about equity and justice, both locally and worldwide.
Our preschool through third grade schools nurture primary-age learners by providing a range of hands-on experiences and opportunities for exploration. At this stage, children are growing by leaps and bounds across all areas of development: social, emotional, physical and cognitive. Our instructional program is designed to help children thrive!
Academic Excellence and the 5Cs/Habits of Mind
Students master foundational skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies, applying skills in meaningful ways to create and share new ideas. Students learn individually, in small groups, in whole class lessons, and in collaborative partnerships across classrooms and grade levels. In addition to academic skills, students gain essential competencies across the 5Cs/Habits of Mind, the building blocks for learning and leadership. These skills include taking ownership for learning, collaborating, thinking critically, communicating, creative problem-solving, and actively contributing to our community as a citizen and steward.
Project-Based Learning and Personalized Learning
Children are deeply curious, full of questions about the world around them. We harness this zest for learning by devoting significant time to student-driven projects where children develop a driving question, research, and share high quality work with a public audience.
Young learners naturally develop along their own unique time tables. Teachers expertly watch for moments when children are ready to take their next steps. Teachers honor each child by celebrating progress, guiding students to set and self-assess learning goals, and partnering with parents to identify learning opportunities both inside and outside of school.
In 2017-2018, we are trying out a new approach to conferences in order to support increased student ownership, rigor, and engagement. We want our students to embrace new challenges with confidence, and we are eager to help each child take their next “just right” learning steps. Learn more about Personalized Goal Setting at White Oaks: