Peconic Community School
We believe that the goal of education should be to make the world a better place.
In our conversations about education with parents, colleagues, education professionals, and even politicians, we realized that there’s not agreement -- in this country and in our educational system – about why we’re educating children in the first place.
What is the ultimate goal of a school?
When we set out to open a school, we knew this was the question we needed to answer first. This was our starting point:
By the time they graduate, students should be better prepared to change the world – to make it better.
And, what does this mean? How do you prepare children to take on a world with ever shifting challenges, technologies, landscapes, and opportunities?
We believe that children need to learn how toknow the world and to know themselves. We think that no matter the time or the circumstances, we need learners, people, who are resilient, reflective, and compassionate. And so, with these qualities as our goals – rather than scores on a test or the repetition of facts -- we set about creating an education that fosters resilience, reflection, and compassion in learners.
Now, years after that vision was born, we see it being realized in our graduates each June: students who are not only prepared for Junior High, but who know how to care for their environment and their community, how to tackle challenging questions, and how to get back up after a failure.