Our Methods

Carroll Method

Carroll method is a unique approach to learning. Our parents recognize that current educational offerings are not providing the desired results and so they are seeking something new. We are dedicated to helping our parents find innovative ways to solve the challenges facing today’s students. Parent, student, teacher and school all work together as a team to build the best possible outcome for each child.

 

Our approach could best be described as “mistake-based learning”, where we encourage children to try, fail, and then overcome that failure. This builds confidence and competency, and emphasizes a pragmatic, practical approach to solving problems. Our students are “solution-orientated”. They don’t passively wait around for someone else to provide the answers, they are active participants in the solution.

 

We encourage teachers to learn and explore alongside their students. Our teachers don’t stand in front of a whiteboard all day, woodenly reciting facts for their students to copy and memorize. Instead, our teachers are companions on a learning journey. They guide students to use all available tools to uncover new information on their own. We don’t simply give out answers. We teach a learning process that will help children learn things for themselves.

 

Our students do their own research and experiments, and then they think critically about the results of their observations. Through a project-based approach and purposeful play, we encourage students to look at problems in different ways and solve them using pragmatic, practical answers.

 

We don’t seek perfection because life isn’t perfect. We have a moderate approach to learning. We don’t go to an extreme and go all-in on any one particular teaching methodology. Rather, we seek out what works best for each child. We don’t try to force all students to learn the same way, instead our teachers must adapt to each student’s unique learning style.

 

It is our goal to ensure that every child reaches his/her full potential, and that goal will have a different meaning and outcome for each child and family. Therefore, our assessments don’t rank children. Instead, our assessments tell a story about each child’s learning journey: the milestones they’ve met, the obstacles they’ve overcome, and the fun they’ve had along the way.

 

Childhood should be a time of wonder and joy, and therefore our teachers design lessons that are fun and interesting. We have a playful approach to education, but that doesn’t mean we’re neglecting the academics. On the contrary, our students are high achievers and we have high expectations for them. It’s just that we are firm believers in following the science of learning, and “play” has been proven to be the most effective teaching tool. Play is the way children learn best.

 

Responsibility, discipline, selfcare and time management are also necessary life skills. These executive Function (EF) skills—a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control—are important components of happiness and success. Therefore, the Carroll Method encourages self-care in areas of personal hygiene, mental health, and physical fitness. Students will learn self-control and the focus necessary to work on task and achieve on their goals.

 

We care for both body and mind. We provide healthy food and make sure students get to move around a lot. We have calm space and guidance who will help students learn how to handle negative emotions like frustration, disappointment, stress, and anxiety.

 

Our unique daily schedule helps students practice flexibility and adaptability, as well has responsibility and time management. We believe this is the best way to prepare them for an uncertain and ever-changing future. It is our goal to produce students who have the empathy to care for others in the world and the confidence to solve big problems. Carroll students will be citizens of the world who contribute to the betterment of their families and society, while at the same time finding happiness and fulfillment in their own personal and professional lives

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