Using a Quaker framework, teachers work interactively with children, differentiating instruction based on age, interest, and ability. Peer-teaching and mixed-age groupings allow students to find their inner strengths. The classroom curricula reflect our commitment to supporting students in developing a solid base of skills and knowledge, as well as maintaining their creative spirit through discovery and experimentation. We recognize and value the different learning styles of children, the teaching styles of faculty, and the life experiences of all members of the UFS community. Teachers actively participate in the development and revision of each curriculum area in correspondence with state and national standards.
Children learn not only from their teachers but also from one another. The concept of multi-aged, multi-grade classes is certainly not new; however, UFS has redefined the notion, taking many factors into account when determining the composition of a class in any given year. This arrangement allows for some students to remain with the same teacher for two years as a positive educational experience and sets up natural peer learning opportunities within the classroom due to the mix of ages, abilities, and maturity levels.
Design Thinking has become commonplace in many educational institutions for a classroom activity when time permits. At UFS, Design Thinking is a project-based approach to solving problems where students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time, sometimes spending weeks investigating complex questions or systems. When faced with a particular problem, students develop a custom solution by working to understand the problem, make hypotheses, and develop ideas. Students are encouraged to ask engaging questions, conduct Interviews, collect information, and work side by side with experts in their fields on specific studies.
Based on the availability of resources from the Intermediate Unit and Catapult Learning, educational testing is available for speech and language services and remedial reading and math. These services are intended to provide supplemental support to students in regular education programs.