"A Creative Path to Academic Excellence"
Laurel’s mission is to encourage children to discover their unique talents through exploration, critical thinking, and intellectual discipline; helping them to become responsible architects of positive change in the world. To accomplish these ends, we engage in a total human development approach to education with a focus on the arts, music, nature, and service.
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The Laurel School provides a loving, supportive environment promoting children with the opportunity, freedom, and trust to explore and learn. With consistent guidelines, structure and positive reinforcement children learn in an atmosphere of mutual respect. In this atmosphere, children develop confidence and a strong self-esteem and adults nurture and encourage children to become independent thinkers. Faculty members have high expectations for each individual child and design a program using a well-rounded curriculum to meet each child's needs. The Laurel School curriculum follows the Massachusetts Frameworks as a foundation but integrates fine arts, music, dance, environmental studies, physical education and Spanish with the basics. By utilizing an eclectic approach, our faculty members are able to teach to the many different learning styles and to enable the children to move at their individual pace. With confidence, children enjoy successes, take risks, and love to learn.
HISTORY OF THE LAUREL SCHOOL & LAUREL DAY CAMP
The Laurel School, originally The Children's Way, was founded by Constance Michnay in 1982. Miss Connie started teaching several children in the basement of her home. She used art as a means to help children who were struggling in school. In 1983 she opened The Children's Way in Harwich Port, MA which was Preschool – Kindergarten, with the Elementary students in an off-campus annex. In 1990, a parent of two of the students, William Dobson, purchased land in Brewster and built the building The Laurel School is now housed in. Once in Brewster, Miss Connie renamed the elementary portion of her school The Laurel School. Throughout the changes and growth of the school, Miss Connie's philosophy of teaching children through the arts, individualizing teaching to meet the children's needs, and helping the children reach their greatest potential, has remained the constant core of the Laurel School. Laurel is founded on the belief that "children learn best when they are treated with love and respect and when academic content is presented in varied and interesting ways." Laurel School employs a Total Human Development approach to child development. Laurel’s whole child approach to education is well known on Cape Cod and serves as the foundation for the success The Laurel School and Laurel Day Camp has enjoyed since 1982.
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