Classrooms at PLS are comprised of small groups of children whose age range generally spans two to three years. Children are placed into these groups on the basis of balancing their social, emotional and cognitive development and not solely on the basis of their age. Classroom “Groups” (versus grade levels) are integral to a Project Learn education.
In these multi-age groups children develop a sense of being a family with their classmates where they have the freedom to experiment, take risks, and grow. It is powerful to witness older students mentor younger classmates and then see the younger students proudly step up to this role the following year. Being with the same teacher for more than one year enables students to grow confidence and comfort with the classroom and their teacher. This also enables teachers to develop a deeper understanding of each student’s strengths, needs, and learning styles and how best to meet those needs.