Students at Roots & Branches will work collaboratively in an arts integrated environment inspired by the philosophy of Reggio Emilia. Our children will develop a love of learning and reach their potential for academic achievement. They will learn within a protective and nurturing environment where teachers and staff, trained in Responsive Classroom, work in partnership with parents to build a community in which each child’s sense of responsibility and self-reliance unfold. To ensure the success of all students, we will utilize an innovative, effective curriculum, smaller classes, a cooperative approach to school behavior, and dedicated, creative educators who are co-learners with the children. As a civic minded organization, we will work to establish high standards for educational expectations and conditions. Ultimately, it is our goal to be leaders in progressive urban education.