Students in science class outside

At Slavens School, we provide a rich academic experience that builds a foundation for every student to become a compassionate, ethical and productive global citizen.

Education Philosophy

Slavens is a school that lays the foundation for life-long learning and where children learn respect, responsibility, and human compassion. Children enjoy a balanced approach to quality education with strong parental and community involvement.

Slavens uses two different classroom models: platooning and stand-alone classrooms. Within the platooning model, instruction is divided by content. One grade-level teacher instructs literacy while the other instructs math, science, and social studies. The stand-alone model is traditional, with one grade-level teacher who teaches all subjects. Most grades utilize both models.

It is recognized that there are diverse student needs at Slavens. The teachers utilize the different learning theory models (visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic) and consider learning differences when providing instruction. Teachers use various models including: direct whole group, small group instruction, enrichment, individualization, and cooperative learning techniques, as well as implementing research-based innovative methods to enhance learning. We are fully committed to using multiple resources to enhance and serve student needs.

Slavens strives for integration of technology in all academic and enrichment areas.
Factual knowledge is stressed, but there is a focus on accessing information with creative applications and developing critical thinking skills. Slavens focuses on the process of learning as well as the product.
Students’ social development and self-esteem are essential and interrelated functions of the school. It is important for our teachers to build a sense of classroom community. The Slavens Code of Conduct is a basic guideline used to establish the rules and responsibilities of the class by the teacher and students at the beginning of the year.

Slavens strives to build a flexible classroom environment yet maintain the structure necessary to maximize student learning and enhance individual performance. Methods for accessing and evaluating student progress may include a portfolio, teacher observations, descriptive narratives, formal assessments, student-directed assessments, standards-based report cards, and conferences with parents.

Slavens provides opportunities for students to participate in art, music, drama, dance, physical education, STEM, and community service to address the development of the whole child.

Parents are encouraged to be active partners in their children’s education and school events by volunteering in the classroom or with PTA, FOSS, CSC, and MSPA.