Connecticut Friends School is a fully accredited, independent, preschool to Grade 8 school providing students with an education that fosters self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and compassion for others. The school is small by design; the educational program is dynamic, supportive, and engaging.Students at CFS do serious work in a joyous atmosphere. Philosophy - At Connecticut Friends School, we provide a child-centered environment that blends traditional and progressive approaches to education. We challenge and encourage our students to reach their full potential in a culture of high hopeful expectation. Drawing on a 300-year tradition of Friends education in America, our program is guided by the Quaker values of integrity, equality, peace, community, simplicity, and stewardship of the earth.Welcome to Our Classrooms! - The CFS classroom is a lively place that supports deep understanding, love of learning, and social as well as intellectual growth. Our learner-centered classrooms provide responsive and intimate settings where teaching is adapted to different learning styles. Classes are multi-age and organized by developmental need rather than by grade level. The CFS classroom culture promotes respect, moral growth, an appreciation of different perspectives, and cooperation among students rather than competition.We believe that students learn best when their interests and questions drive much of the curriculum, and this belief is the basis for a rigorous and engaging program. The academic curriculum includes a core program of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, and foreign language. We use a variety of teaching techniques including thematic study and experiential learning, as well traditional classroom methods, while following national standards such as the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) and the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) guidelines. Creative expression is encouraged through the performing and visual arts including drama, music, storytelling, drawing, painting, and sculpture, and physical activities such as dance and movement.Opportunities for learning outside of the classroom are critical to a child's experience at CFS. Field trips, essential for building community, enhancing curriculum, and fostering a sense of wonder about the world, are a regular part of our program. Service learning is also important and introduces students to the possibility of changing the world through organized action.