Tradition of Excellence, Updated for Today
When Dr. Buckley founded our school in 1933, she built a program that blended elements of traditional and progressive philosophies; it went beyond the “Three Rs” to develop the whole child. Nearly 80 years later, the most current educational research supports Dr. Buckley’s educational philosophy, the 4-Fold Plan of Education, and its balance of academics, the arts, physical education, and moral development. Even as we adopt new approaches to teaching, and as we evolve our curriculum to address current issues such as globalism, multiculturalism, and the technological revolution, the 4-Fold Plan guides all we do.
Buckley’s Lower School curriculum emphasizes project work, creativity, and individualized teaching in a developmentally appropriate academic program that inspires students to challenge themselves and take risks as learners. Our Middle School provides a guided and exciting transition from childhood to young adulthood. It does so in a welcoming environment that permits students to explore their interests and unique abilities, while still being challenged academically. Our Upper School is college-preparatory and rigorous, while maintaining Buckley’s personal approach and focus on creativity in both the arts and academic thinking. We offer our students a strong liberal arts curriculum that prepares them for college and beyond.
One of the many benefits of a K-12 school is the ability to coordinate the curriculum across the divisions for a seamless educational progression. Just as important is the hidden curriculum of wide-spread interaction between students of all ages, and the mutual respect, learning and friendships that develop across the divisions of our school.