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The guiding principles of the program are closely aligned with Viewpoint’s Mission. Responsive Classroom believes that:

  • The social and emotional curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
  • How children learn is as important as what they learn.
  • Great cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
  • Knowing the children we teach – individually, culturally, and developmentally – is as important as knowing the content we teach.
  • How the faculty works together is as important as how they teach.

Viewpoint teachers utilize these principles to promote in their students improved social and academic skills, character development, and a love of learning.

Social and emotional learning principles are integrated into the curriculum at Viewpoint School. Primary, Lower, and Middle School faculty are trained in a specific approach to teaching called Responsive Classroom. The Responsive Classroom approach consists of a set of practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies.