|Philosophy of Education|
Woodland Elementary School of Milford provides a comprehensive educational program for the children of the community in preparing them for participation in a democratic society. In a variety of ways, our school offers the children the opportunity to develop self-confidence, self-esteem, respect for others and the ability to make value judgments about their own and others’ actions.
Woodland’s curriculum is the means for implementing this philosophy. The subject matter and learning environment challenges the children to the fullest extent of their abilities while accommodating their individual needs. The basic curriculum provides a flexible approach to education.
Our school program, developmental in nature, is consistent with sound learning principles that recognize individual patterns of growth, as it provides for intellectual, social, emotional and physical differences. The entire staff fosters a supportive and nurturing atmosphere where the belief is held that all children can learn.
In keeping with this philosophy of education, Woodland provides programs to establish proficiency in the basic skills of reading, writing, mathematics, listening, and speaking. In addition, programs are provided in science, social studies, art, music, physical and health education, computer literacy, and instructional media.
We believe that education is a life-long process. We realize that the school is not the only influence contributing to this process. It lies neither within our ability, nor our desire, to substitute for or supplant the guidance and love of the child’s family. A commonality of purpose and sense of cohesiveness exists among school personnel, parents, and the community-at-large. Our school, however, assumes primary responsibility for the development of basic skills, concepts, and attitudes necessary for decision-making individuals in a constantly changing society.
We recognize the worth and dignity of all individuals. Each student is different from every other student in important ways. It is our obligation to help prepare all students for satisfying and meaningful lives, by providing guidance and learning experiences appropriate to their needs, interests, and abilities. The curriculum, organization, and atmosphere at Woodland Elementary School should help each student develop an awareness of their worth as human beings and a willingness to be responsible for their decisions and actions.