Who Are We?
We are a progressive school. Progressive education was coined in the 19th century as an alternative to Classical education.
Progressive education is:
Learning by doing. I.e. - experiential learning or hands-on education.
Interdisciplinary learning. Example: Science builds on math, ELA builds on SS, etc.
Focused on Critical Thinking and other social skills (i.e. - Conflict resolution, peer mediation, self regulation).
Service to the community
Emphasis on the whole child through:
Highlighting understanding and action as the goals of learning instead of rote knowledge
Collaboration and Cooperation
Education for social responsibility through a focus on social justice
Use of natural and environmental resources over textbooks.
Children being primarily assessed by products/projects instead of traditional assessments.
We leave traditional textbooks and basals behind. We draw from the resources of our natural surroundings and use our neighbors' skills and talents to enhance our classroom learning.
Our instructional models are student-centered, collaborative, active, and discovery driven. At SKTCS students are supported to form and explore their own questions, conduct real experiments, read books they love, work on teams to solve problems, and spend time diving deep into their personal interests.
Place Based Education (PBE)
PBE immerses students in local heritage, cultures, landscapes, opportunities and experiences that blur the lines between school and real life. Our students learn through the Constructivist approach where knowledge is created through experience - not passively absorbed.
Our students participate in Field Experiences that provide opportunities to connect students to their community through cross-curricular study. Additionally, students invest in their communities by participating in service-learning projects that embody how communities and people are interdependent.
All of our school community members (e.g. - students, teachers, and parents) learn conflict resolution skills to learn self-regulation, meditation, and to participate in mediation. We emphasize acting with kindness - even when you disagree.
Project-Based Learning (PBL)
PBL starts with a real-world problem that students use interdisciplinary studies to identify, research and solve. Students make a hypothesis and present a solution through a hands-on approach that uses all of the resources they have available to them.
The Next Generation of Stewardship
SKTCS’s core values include:
Transformative Teaching and Learning - Transformative relationships between teachers and students provide the environment within which teachers challenge their students to hold themselves to high academic standards, to demonstrate mastery over their learning, and to develop lifelong habits of scholarship and intellectual curiosity.
Develop Capacity for Responsible Choice - To act responsibly, peacefully and with personal integrity, students must know, value, and respect themselves and others.
Unity in Diversity - We recognize that diversity in people, beliefs, and knowledge enriches learning through the exploration, understanding, and appreciation of differences and the power of affirming common ground.
Responsibility to Others - Our shared fate and social responsibility leads us to practice good stewardship in all of our daily actions and decisions.
In the spring of 2015 a group of concerned parents and community members came together to re-envision the type of education offered to students in Savannah. The school was founded by two essential questions:
“What is the purpose of school?”
“How can schools help develop healthy, engaged citizens with a sense of purpose and belonging?"
From those discussions, the founders discovered a common desire for an educational offering that focused on teaching students the life skills needed to be exemplary citizens. The ability to:
Resolve conflict peacefully.
Become critical thinkers in an ever-changing economic, political, and environmental landscape.
Develop into community leaders for the present and the future.
Susie King Taylor Community School was then officially founded in 2017. You can read more about our school namesake here. At SKTCS, we offer grades K-8 and have a 20:1 student to teacher ratio. Field Experiences, where students go out into our local community to enhance their lessons, are part of our curriculum. We have an active parent organization called The Aviary, All School Meetings are held monthly, and in 2022 we will have our first graduating 8th grade class.
“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” ― John Dewey