Welcome to The Harbor School, a truly special place where relationships are important, students are recognized as unique individuals with a voice that deserves to be heard, and each child’s academic, social/emotional, and physical learning is nurtured and developed.
Harbor’s innovative program focuses on the fundamental building blocks of excellent early childhood education. Our hands-on, active, inquiry-based approach promotes children’s natural curiosity and guides students to make connections across disciplines. Purposeful attention is given to the academic, social, and physical dimensions of child development during each essential stage of growth. Under our care and guidance, our students learn to be collaborative, creative, and confident learners.
Being an intentionally small learning community, with small class sizes and low student to teacher ratios, has always been essential to our mission. Our small size has never been more important than it is now.
Remember that week in March when everything changed? I can recall every vivid detail! As a small school and nimble organization, we were able to quickly pivot to distance learning, closing our doors on Thursday, March 12th and launching our distance learning program on the following Monday, March 16. Throughout the spring, we refined our model with focused resolve on students’ academic and social/emotional development. Students made solid learning growth and progress and furthered relationships with teachers and peers. Though our class size is but one of many reasons for our success, we joked internally about creating a new motto – “The Harbor School – Where Students Fit on One Zoom Screen”.
As we look ahead to the 2020-21 school year, we know that it will be different than any other school year in the past (and hopefully future). Even with so much uncertainty and challenge, there are bright spots.
This summer, we are busy packing for a move to a new home just down the road at 11510 Falls Road in Potomac, at the absolutely beautiful campus of Congregation Har Shalom. With lots of outdoor space (including a huge playground that the kids will simply adore), along with spacious classrooms and plenty of room to spread out, we are in a good position to have students return to school as safely as possible.
Once schools are permitted to reopen, our students will be able to learn in person for five days each week, following safety protocols as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Maryland State Department of Education. Our intentionally small size and plentiful space means that we won’t have to rotate students into the building a few days each week, which will mean uninterrupted learning and student growth. (Not to mention, it helps families looking to return to full-time schedules.)
We know that differences in families’ schedules and routines means that learning at home works differently for everyone. Should there be times when we are required to move to a distance learning platform during the school year, we have developed distance learning options with discounts in tuition.
As if we haven’t been busy enough, we are also excited to announce that in the 2021-22 school year, we will be extending our program to third grade, in order to better serve our current and future students!
We look forward to sharing more about our dynamic program at Harbor, and to getting to know your family! Visit our admissions page and schedule a time to meet us!
Stay safe and well.