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The mission of Wissahickon Charter School is to provide a community of learning with an environmental focus that stimulates and builds the child's intellectual, social, and character development. It will accomplish this through the following: A curriculum from which children learn about the interconnectedness of the physical and human environments; Service learning centered around environmental themes; Parents, students, teachers, and administrators as allies in the community of learning; Educational efforts to bring about awareness of conflict resolution strategies within the school and community; A diverse student body and staff; Student empowerment and ownership of learning through learner-directed projects and recognition of diverse learning styles; Smaller class sizes; and A physical space harmonious with the natural environment.
We are an intercity K-8 program with 400 students. We focus on the environment and thus use the resources around us such as Fern Hill Park, the Wissahickon Park, Saylor's Grove. We use hands-ons learning and work very much in the progressive tradition. Our disciplinary program is called Responsive Classroom where we teach how to care for ourself, those around us, and the environment. It is a positive approach to discipline. Faculty is very involved with students during and afterschool. We offer many community building activities and the school feels happy when you enter it.
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