Reggio-Inspired Philosophy

Ventana School takes its "arts-infused" inspiration from the education centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy. We seek to foster a learning community of children, families, and teachers who place listening and relationships at the heart of their work. Consistent with Vygotsky's social-cultural philosophy, learning at Ventana is a joint venture between students and teachers who come together in an active process of inquiry and discovery. At Ventana, we value the learning process and honor the concept of time for discovery. While skill building and content areas are intentionally embedded in our experiential curriculum, the direction for investigation and inquiry emerges from children's interests and experiences. Teachers closely monitor student interest, prepare challenging provocations and invitations, and set both internal and external environments that engage and stimulate thinking, curiosity, and imagination. In-depth study and project work emerge from children's ideas and questions.

Ventana students develop a passion and commitment for life-long learning. As our children experience themselves as creators, engaged in inquiry and critical thinking, they are motivated from within. Because creative problem solving begins by valuing differences and gaining new insights, Ventana children explore ideas that are enriched by collaboration and tested by negotiation.  Ventana children are given clear voice through presentation and public speaking. Children at Ventana -- urged to think, inquire, and invent -- become listeners, negotiators, and leaders. They grow in into individuals who can express creative confidence.



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.