The REACH School was founded in 2002 by local parents that wanted a different educational experience for their children. They incorporated Project Based Learning as the primary instruction method, along with social-emotional learning as an area of daily focus. The REACH School is dedicated to educating the whole child, academically, socially, emotionally, and physically. Reach offers a balanced approach to educating children so that they are prepared to enter the next phase of their education with the tools needed to thrive and be successful. This process of education requires a strong community effort and working together.

The Students as members of the school community:

  • Engage in creative and collaborative learning
  • Maintain academic skills at or above grade level
  • Value responsible behavior and treat themselves and others with respect
  • Participate in problem-solving in all situations
  • Contribute effort and engagement in all activities and nurture a joy for learning
  • Strive for excellence in their work
  • Embrace community service and value relationship
  • Respond to opportunities for positive role modeling and leadership

The Teachers as members of the school community:

  • Focus on the students and provide a creative and cooperative learning environment
  • Monitor and strive for academic progress for all students
  • Support students’ creative, social, and intellectual growth
  • Maintain a strong academic core (literature, history, philosophy, language, mathematics and science) integrated with creative expression through music, drama, art, and poetry.
  • Provide lessons and guidance designed to develop and nurture students’ diverse intelligences including students’ emotional intelligence
  • Follow state standards in academic instruction
  • Consider student needs and gifts when creating curriculum
  • Create a culture that fosters dignity and integrity, responsibility for actions, and problem-solving skills
  • Model the joy of learning as a lifelong process
  • Participate in collaborative/interactive relationships with families in the program
  • Assist, enlist, and advocate for enrichment programs alongside regular class activities

The Parents as members of the school community:

  • Support school programs and classrooms with volunteer time, expertise, and contributions as much as possible
  • Provide a responsible home environment that values learning and supports community values
  • Ensure their student(s) attend school daily and arrive on time
  • Support teachers’ high expectations of students
  • Support responsible, creative, and caring behavior
  • Participate in parent education programs that support Positive Discipline and school-wide enrichment
  • Monitor the influence of electronic media (i.e., TV, cell phones, movies, video games) and provide age appropriate guidance and limits
  • Value the need for home-based learning— providing time and place
  • Participate voluntarily in parent education classes and problem-solving strategies that help support the goals of the school and students
  • Encourage collaborative/interactive relationships with families and teaching staff.
  • Communicate constructively with teachers and administration to solve problems and suggest solutions