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Mount Madonna School Mission, Values and Philosophy Mount Madonna
School Mission We are a community of learners.
We support our
students to become caring, self-aware and articulate critical
thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance,
creativity and integrity.
We believe that a meaningful life is
characterized by personal achievement and the ability to work
effectively with others in service to society.
We Value: •
Academic achievement made visible by a personal commitment to
learning that balances both comprehensive understanding and
in-depth inquiry in multiple disciplines.
• The integration of
intellectual, emotional, social and creative learning.
learning environment that encourages meaningful relationships based
on self-acceptance, empathy, respectful and honest communication.
• The transformative power of immersion in the creative
process that includes cognitive learning, teamwork, direct
experience, reflection and mutual appreciation.
• A close
relationship with nature that inspires experiential learning, a
commitment to environmental stewardship and a sense of well-being.
Mount Madonna School Philosophy We pursue our mission and values
through the integration of Academic Excellence, Creative
Self-Expression and Positive Character Development.
integration brings depth, meaning and enthusiasm to learning.
Academic Excellence We offer a well-rounded academic program that
meets the highest standards of college preparedness.
multi-faceted curriculum is based on the development of: •
Cognitive learning including critical reading, writing and speaking
skills, scientific and mathematical investigation, research and
• Experiential learning including outdoor
education, performances, life labs, service learning, interviews,
domestic and international travel.
• Reflective learning
including self-inquiry, journaling, dialogue, presentations,
collective problem solving and creative projects.
learning processes engage students, encouraging curiosity, building
self-confidence and supporting the discovery of their gifts and
Creative Self-Expression We integrate creative arts and
academic pursuits with the belief that each enriches the other.
Creative self-expression is part of all academic coursework.
Experiencing the creative process allows students to overcome
perceived limitations and opens the possibility for intuitive
intelligence to emerge.
All students study acting, voice, dance,
fine arts, creative writing, and participate in performing arts.
Our productions illuminate the value of the collaborative process
where individual effort and a willingness to sacrifice for the
greater whole result in an inspiring and fulfilling experience.
personal benefits of this creative process extend far beyond school
into almost every facet of adult life.
Development We recognize that each student's character is
influenced both by the explicit curriculum in our course offerings
and the implicit curriculum expressed in the daily life and
experience of our school community.
In all that we do, we encourage
our students to take responsibility, to practice self-discipline,
exercise leadership, and to serve and care for one another.
focus on learning that brings forth thinking and discussions of
We strive to create opportunities for students
to engage in open and honest communication through such programs as
service learning, student governance, life skills classes and
We work closely with families and access a
variety of professional resources to encourage a thoughtful
exchange of ideas around the many issues that confront youth in our
We encourage older students to mentor and care for
younger students through school wide activities such as theater
productions, buddy programs and athletic events.
Our faculty and
families are dedicated to positive values such as empathy, honesty,
cooperation, fairness and kindness.
Our Environment Mount Madonna
School is located on 355 acres of forested mountaintop property
overlooking the Monterey Bay.
We are hosted by Mount Madonna
Center, a community founded on the principles of yoga and dedicated
to non-harming, self-development and service to society.
of the Center and the beauty of the natural environment provide a
supportive and inspirational context in which our learning