Westland School is an elementary school committed to progressive education, focused on enabling students to be self-motivated and able to view learning as an exciting and rewarding process that will continue throughout their lives.
At Westland, we repeatedly ask children to observe and reflect on the power—and the responsibility—of the individual in the context of the group as well as the group’s responsibility to the school. This notion is at the heart of our country’s democracy—and democracy is at the very heart of Westland School’s mission. In 1949, our founders called the learning at Westland vital. This vitality is rooted in progressive ideals: community, service, equity, and social justice.
Westland’s Mission Statement
Westland School is an elementary school committed to progressive education. Teachers are cooperatively involved in developing and implementing an integrated, hands-on, social studies-based curriculum. Westland focuses on empowering students to be self-motivated and to view learning as an exciting and rewarding process that will continue throughout their lives. We strive for a learning environment that is child-centered and non-competitive. Each child at Westland has a commitment to their group; each group has a commitment to the school and the school has an important commitment to the world around us. Westland values experiential learning to develop problem solving and critical thinking skills. We believe that learning best occurs when there is a student population that is culturally, socially and economically diverse.