Imagine your child sitting with his or her peers before an enormous projection of Norman Rockwell’s painting of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, the first black child to integrate an all white school in Louisiana in 1960. U.S. Marshals are escorting Ruby into her elementary school on her first day.
The teacher provokes a conversation in which students talk about the joys and challenges of first days of school. There is space in the conversation for students to talk about separating from parents, the excitement of independence, and the implications of this moment for Ruby then and now, the implications for our country then and now, the implications for us.
Your child’s school day will be a series of moments like this one – engaging, tailored to her or his age, important individually and societally, and connected to other topics in her or his learning.
To be successful in our rapidly changing world children must be creative and confident. They must be flexible and critical thinkers, and they must be schooled in the art of interpersonal interaction. A tight-knit, socially attentive, intellectually vigorous community—Friends School Haverford is uniquely well suited to provide the requisite education.
To learn more about our program, we encourage you to come visit during an open house, or call to schedule a private tour: 610-642-2334.