Pioneer Springs Philosophy
We believe fostering each child by bringing forth what is intrinsic; the desire to both learn (curiosity)
and to teach (share what they are learning with others).
At Pioneer Springs, everything we do is designed to empower students: to grow, to give, to lead, and above all, to live their learning every day. We blend the holistic Basic School approach to core curriculum with a healthy focus on our natural world to engage students’ senses on every level. Because we respect each student as an individual, we foster the development of the whole child: academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively. And by providing authentic, meaningful, hands-on learning experiences every day both in and out of classroom, we tap into students’ intrinsic motivation to learn, while preparing them for a future of lifelong learning, success, and service in an intricately connected world.
The school’s mission was inspired by Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, as outlined in his book, The Basic School: A Community for Learning. The Basic School provides a new vision of the role formal education can play in the lives of students; one in which the various languages of learning are used to gain insight into the human experience, and which addresses all aspects of students’ development to prepare them for lifelong learning and success.
The school’s commitment to nature and the environment was inspired by the findings of Richard Louv in his 2005 book Last Child in the Woods. The Nature Deficit Disorder addresses most children in today’s world where social networks, cell phones, game consoles and computers, have increasingly disconnected and isolated them from the natural world. By integrating nature, student engagement and achievement increases, while also reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and ADHD.
Environmental education also encourages physical activity and promotes emotional and physical well-being. Most importantly, capturing student interest in the natural world fosters a lifelong love of learning. This focus in nature encompasses the entire school with cross-curriculum explorations of nature and meets the North Carolina Essential Standards for Science. With an encompassing theme for each trimester, each grade explores a unique path of the theme. At the end of each trimester, the students celebrate their journey with their school community.
The school is also a Green School and includes elements of Expeditionary Learning from the German educator Kurt-Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound. Pioneer Springs exemplifies this philosophy through providing project-based learning expeditions through packs, where students engage in interdisciplinary, in-depth studies of relevant topics within multi-grade groups.
HELP PAVE THE WAY…
Help “pave the way” as we continue to grow and build our campus facilities. Please consider making a contribution to the Pioneer Path, a pathway that connects the campus and serves as tangible evidence of our journey as a school.
Click here to order your paver. Your paver can include an engraved message, words, or names to serve as a reminder of your contribution to this community. We challenge every family to sponsor one paver this Fall, to help to continue to grow the programming and campus that make PSCS a place where learning comes naturally.
Check the Events Calendar for more information.
PSCS @ Kids Fest UNC
Fall Family Hike
Teacher Work Days
September 24th & 25th
4th Grade Call to Adventure
3rd Grade Call to Adventure