“Life is a learning process; learning is a life-long process. 

You can’t separate them.” --Vivienne Forrester

PAIDEIA comes from the ancient Greek words pais, paidos and means the upbringing of a child.

 A Paideia school is a community of students, teachers, and parents who are concerned with creating and sustaining an educational environment that fosters lifelong learning and creating knowledgeable, concerned, and responsible citizens.


In a Paideia school, the belief is strongly held that “all children can learn.”

In a Paideia school, learning primarily occurs through Socratic questioning, coached projects, and seminars.

In a Paideia school, students learn how to learn; how to find information, interpret that information and think critically..

In a Paideia school, good citizenship is emphasized as well as tolerance, comfort with diversity, respect, and empathy.

In a Paideia school, teachers are life-long learners and are actively engaged in expanding their knowledge.

In a Paideia school, learning applies to the real world. Students are encouraged to go out into the community, are involved in community service, and work on projects for a “real” audience.

In a Paideia school, expectations for quality work are made clear during the work process. At many steps along the way, students are “coached” by peers and teachers.

In a Paideia school, responsibility for assessment is shared by students and teachers; self-reflection is expected.

In a Paideia school, the arts are integrated into the curriculum/courses.

In a Paideia school, students are challenged both academically and personally.

In a Paideia school, students learn by doing and through experiences.

A Paideia school is a place of great conversations!

If you want to read more about Paideia, go to: www.paideia.org