Mission & Philosophy

The Foote School nurtures a lifelong love of learning and teaching and fosters a commitment to excellence in its students and faculty. Teachers lead children to ask questions and discover connections; to think and work independently, collaboratively and creatively; and to learn by doing. Our community values each child, appreciates differences and challenges prejudice while giving students the skills to explore the world with joy and purpose.

We believe that...

A positive learning environment takes shape when students, parents and teachers know and respect one another, and work together to uphold the values and expectations of the community.

Learning together builds community, and yet each student is responsible for engaging in his or her own learning experience. Learning takes time, practice and reflection.

Authentic interactions within the campus environment and with the world encourage students to build upon their knowledge and explore their natural curiosity, imagination and passions.

Providing children with many avenues for self-expression builds confidence and fosters a willingness to take on further intellectual and creative challenges.

We are part of a global community. We are at our best when we embrace and celebrate our diversity and when we actively seek opportunities to serve and lead.

Life is interdisciplinary. Meaningful experiences lead students to discover themselves as scholars and thinkers, as artists and athletes, and as citizens and human beings.

The “sludge test” is the capstone project of eighth grade science, challenging students to determine the component parts of a mystery substance. Succeeding requires perseverance and diligent data collection.

Our Mission Skills Initiative

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Foote School is a founding partner in an exciting national initiative to nurture and measure noncognitive skills in our students such as curiosity, creativity, collaboration, ethics, resilience and time management.

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