Our Philosophy
 

The school believes the educational process should address all areas of learning – social, emotional, spiritual, physical, and intellectual. A wide variety of activities are designed to reflect the children’s interests and abilities and to help develop reasoning skills. The school provides a flexible curriculum of age-appropriate activities through which children learn and explore while guided and encouraged by their teachers. Structured activities emphasizing acquisition of basic skills are balanced with child-directed ones, providing many experiences that help nurture self-expression, self-discovery and self-esteem.

Learning and fun are not limited to the classroom, as SMP makes every effort to take the children outdoors daily, whether on our newly built playground, to our expansive Great Lawn or even to the New Canaan Nature Center located directly across the street.  As an Episcopal school, the values of faith, hope, love and service are fundamental to the program. Chapel, a weekly session led by our clergy, introduces a lesson as a means to further explore these values. Parents are an important, integral part of their child’s education and of the school community and are urged to become involved in all areas of school life.

We have been NAEYC accredited since 1996, a voluntary accreditation program that sets rigorous standards for early childhood education programs and represents the mark of quality in early childhood education.