Students in a circle

A cooperative, non-competitive environment for our students is created with the help of a curriculum called Tribes Learning Communities. The Tribes program empowers children by encouraging self-esteem, teaching cooperative problem solving skills, and giving children a voice in the classroom. An important component of Tribes is a daily circle in which the children practice the four Tribes norms:

  • Mutual respect
  • The right to pass
  • Attentive listening
  • Appreciation/No put-downs

These norms provide a behavior code that the students follow in the classroom and on the playground.


Visit Tribes on the Web, for more information about our philosophy.


Please note that included activities are subject to change.