Ventana Core Values
Ventana is a community rooted in compassion, kindness, and collaboration. Immersed in a supportive environment, students grow in confidence and courage, and learn how to connect with others. Community members collaborate in an inclusive, safe, respectful, and caring manner and come together for social events, volunteerism/service, and project work that benefits the immediate community as well as the extended community and beyond.
We consider each moment as an opportunity to connect with one another. In our classrooms as well as in the school community, we build a sense of belonging and acceptance where every person experiences the feeling of being highly regarded by others. Our school climate of mutual respect and kindness is governed by investment in relationships between and among children, parents, teachers, administrators, the church, and the surrounding community. Further, in our teaching and learning, we invest in constructing relationships between ideas, concepts, skills, and discoveries.
Collaboration is key to Ventana’s pedagogy. Students and teachers partner in the adventure of learning, exploring big questions, practicing constructive communication, and proactively navigating conflict. We encourage growth mindsets, seeing even our mistakes and disagreements as opportunities. Working together, we become more resilient and persistent.
4. Culture of Learning
Scholarship - the love of learning – is the heart of our mission. Though pursuit of the essential competencies of perseverance, effective communication, perspective taking, construction of meaning, risk taking and resilience, and metacognitive reflection, we affirm an abiding approach to experiencing our increasingly complex world. Both curriculum and pedagogy focus on social-emotional development, age-appropriate and differentiated learning, intrinsic motivation, concentrated reflection and considered thought, and deep sensitivity to cultural and spiritual diversity.
5. Well Being
We value well-being for ourselves and for our community. Engaging the body with healthy food and movement, the mind with knowledge and ideas, and the spirit with understanding and compassion provides the balanced conditions that stimulate self confidence, respect for each other, and acceptance of differences.
We value stewardship. By taking pride in our ability to make a difference in our classrooms, on our campus, in our homes, and in our world we become global citizens. We know that the transmission of stewardship is inherent in multi-age interaction, and that by taking care of our environments we become agents of change and guardians of the future. Through our service as global citizens we promote democracy, agency, empowerment, and a wider world view where seeing beyond the self becomes natural and routine.
Learning for a Lifetime
Expected School-Wide Learning Results for Students are:
Critical thinking and problem solving skills
Creativity and ability to think flexibly and “out of the box”
Ability to engage with questions and communicate reflections
Responsibility for constructing one’s own knowledge
Appreciation of community and ability to work well in groups
Self-confidence and ability to collaborate
Social emotional growth, including empathy and conflict resolution