Since its establishment in 1969 the Redd School's educational philosophy has always been based on the concept of flexibility. Sara Redd and Denna Baskin hoped to create a dream school when they founded the Redd School, one with enough flexibility to meet the needs of each individual student. They strove to create an environment in which learning was a priority, but also where students and teachers alike could grow and feel respected.
The Redd School is organized into age-appropriate sections that have been carefully tailored to meet the developmental needs of our students in each phase, from infants and toddlers, all the way through middle school. At every level, our students are engaged in an age-appropriate curriculum attuned to our educational mission, which pushes each child to his or her full potential and directs them toward future leadership and global citizenship. We begin by teaching the essential skills of reading, writing, mathematics and science. In preschool for example, we utilize an "inquiry-based" approach, embracing children's curiosity and playful nature in ways that progressively lead to higher forms of learning. In elementary school, students build on a base of knowledge and develop critical thinking skills that enable them to take on more complex learning tasks. By middle school our students are reading effectively, listening carefully, and speaking articulately. Middle School students are writing essays, research papers, poems, and thought-provoking personal reflections. They are also mastering the demanding concepts and processes of mathematics and science. At every level of our programs, Redd School students are also engaged in pursuits of arts, drama, physical education, technological learning and extracurricular activity designed to provide a well-rounded education, and a joyful, rewarding lifelong learning experience.