Ventana is an Episcopal school that values innovation and tradition. We educate the whole child: intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. We inspire children to have inquiring minds and discerning hearts, the courage to will and persevere, and the joy and wonder needed to fully appreciate our ever-changing world. We nurture a community in which creativity, imagination, and the spirit of learning thrive.
Tucked away in the serene quiet of the Los Altos Hills, Ventana School is a progressive preschool and elementary school committed to the education of a complete child. Our Reggio-inspired program focuses on creativity and collaboration, where children are taught to think, inquire, and invent, while becoming great listeners, negotiators, and leaders.
At Ventana, we nurture the cognitive, emotional, spiritual, social, and physical development of our students. We meet early childhood and elementary school State Standards through a combination of in-depth project work and collaborative workshop learning opportunities. Our projects are multi-disciplinary and visual. We value the visual and performing arts as languages for thinking, expressing ideas, and telling stories. We monitor learning through a portfolio system that assesses the growth and development of the whole child, not simply their cognitive skills. We are committed to working in partnership with families to foster children who develop a solid center of capability and resilience rather than an academic shell of accomplishment. We nurture a deep love of learning in an authentic contextual environment.
Our curricular approach provides opportunities for children who process information in a variety of ways to thrive and be successful. Our learning environments are thoughtfully arranged with open-ended Big Questions that stimulate curiosity and engage children in authentic problem- solving. Children are invited to use many kinds of natural materials to discover and express what they know, understand, wonder, feel, and imagine. Our social problem solving approach supports children as they learn how to be effective communicators among their peers and with adults. We believe children are comfortable with big ideas. Therefore we participate in project exploration and in literature and values-based chapel time where students are exposed to universal/spiritual ideas ideas bigger than themselves. In every aspect of our program, our teachers partner with children as both cultivate confidence in the process of life-long learning.
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