JOHN MUIR SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY
We believe that every child has the capacity to learn, think, reason and communicate. Adults must help children use these capacities to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally. As educators, and as a society, we must provide every child with the resources and support to afford them the opportunity to develop in these areas and realize their full potential. As educational leaders, we will work to create a culture and system that promotes this development for each child in our range of responsibility to insure that each child will leave our school as a productive member of, and contributor to, a multi-cultural society.
John Muir School serves approximately 525 children in Early Childhood through 5th grade. The grades at Muir operate primarily as teams of teachers for purposes of planning, implementing, and evaluating instructional programs. Collaboration, sharing, and joint problem solving are essential elements for successful teams. The classroom placements for Kindergarten through 5th grade are based on providing balanced groups of learners with consideration of each child’s academic achievement, physical, emotional and social characteristics. We have straight grades in Kindergarten and First grades, with multiage classrooms in our 2/3 and 4/5 sections. English as a Second Language (ESL) and Special Education supports are provided inclusively in our classrooms and all students received physical education, music, art, LMC and REACH during the school week.