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Longview School

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy

Location

83 Main StreetBrewster, NY 10509 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Longview School is an independent, private school for 5th through 12th-grade students, located in Brewster, NY. Our students learn rigorous academics, but academic knowledge is only a part of education. We help students succeed in life by developing confidence and responsibility as well.

Description

Longview is a democratic school. This means that the students have direct access to and control over their environment. This in turn leads to a sincere investment in contributing to their surroundings, their curricula, and their community. The school is run by a democratic meeting of the staff, students, and any other members of the community. Much like the old-fashioned town hall, issues are raised and discussed, and solutions are proposed, voted on, and enacted with majority support. By teaching our students that they can alter their environment, we are engaging them in higher-level thinking about their education, their autonomy, and their roles in the community. This is a lesson they then take with them into the wider world as capable adults ready to acknowledge, address, and find solutions for the problems they encounter.

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