Paul H. Wiley
Interim Head of School, The Common School
As the Interim Head of School, I want to extend a warm “welcome back” to our current and incoming families and our many visitors to The Common School community. I am looking forward to this year’s journey as we continue to live out our vision and mission, embrace our values and seek new ways for our children, and all of us, to engage the challenges, opportunities and wonders of our global village as learners and contributors.
The year 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of The Common School and, as our community continues its celebration, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ House of Representatives has also acknowledged, honored and recognized us with an official proclamation us for “50 years of engaging children in transformative, progressive education in the Pioneer Valley”. The Common School is clearly a hallmark of progressive education and a school with a proud and vibrant history.
At The Common School, children will experience diverse classrooms that are uniquely rich with active learning, critical thinking, hands-on projects, cross-cultural experiences and academic rigor that goes far beyond facts and figures. Teachers build meaningful relationships with children while assisting and supporting them as creative, inquisitive learners helping them develop respect for themselves and compassion for others. Our curriculum offers many opportunities to engage the themes of diversity, equity and social justice through multiple activities and experiences.
At The Common School you will find a community of happy children, passionate faculty, involved parents and dedicated staff. We strive to work together to make our school community a truly robust learning environment by following the school’s mission “to engage students in a transformative, progressive education that cultivates a love of learning, critical thinking, compassion for others, and a deep commitment to social justice and the environment.” Children at The Common School develop deep and meaningful friendships with their peers which last well beyond their graduation. Our alumni regularly return to visit and relive their early experiences.
As you delve into our website, you will learn more about what makes The Common School the unique, dynamic, creative and caring place it is. I encourage you to read more about our philosophy, curriculum, after school and summer programs, our community, and the many special moments and rituals that have made an indelible mark on members of the school community.
I invite you to visit The Common School. Come discover for yourself what a remarkable, lively and stimulating learning environment we have!