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Learning inside Ancona’s classrooms and out is both hands-on and minds-on. In thoughtfully prepared learning environments, Ancona students explore, evaluate, and grapple with real-world challenges. Whether exploring ecosystems at camp, simulating a colonial village, interacting with shopkeepers in ethnic neighborhoods (or distant countries), or presenting their research to working scientists, Ancona students are creatively and critically engaged in real-world problem solving, experiencing immediate feedback, and expanding their understandings of their world and their role in a democratic society.

Whether beyond the walls of the school or in the classroom, experiential learning takes Ancona students beyond their comfort zones and assumptions about the world. By engaging students in physically, socially, or intellectually challenging situations, with the assurance of safety and security, Ancona teachers offer students many opportunities in learning for life. Much of this learning takes place outdoors, either in our new Outdoor Learning Space, on outings to local institutions or natural spaces, and, from 3rd grade up, on overnight camping trips. These settings maximize the real-world quality of our students’ learning experiences.

Ancona teachers work hard to prepare the learning environment, creating a curriculum that can be accessed through multiple modalities. This curriculum includes traditional Montessori materials in the Preprimary and Primary School, teacher-crafted activities, and activities based on current research suggesting best practices for the education of children at all grade levels. The teachers work to create an environment where the whole child is educated and then guide students through their day to support their learning. We believe that people learn better when they are interested in what they are learning, which means our curriculum is often driven by the interests of our students.
Learning inside Ancona’s classrooms and out is both hands-on and minds-on. In thoughtfully prepared learning environments, Ancona students explore, evaluate, and grapple with real-world challenges. Whether exploring ecosystems at camp, simulating a colonial village, interacting with shopkeepers in ethnic neighborhoods (or distant countries), or presenting their research to working scientists, Ancona students are creatively and…
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