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Mission Statement

The Learning Project is a small, diverse, city-based elementary school that promotes high academic and behavioral standards, and deeply values both community and the individuals within it. We are a place where children in dynamic classrooms are challenged to work hard, help one another, make choices, take risks, learn from mistakes, and achieve. We endeavor to build on each child's inherent curiosity and profound desire to succeed, and to be a place where the cognitive, aesthetic, social, emotional, physical, and moral aspects of life are nurtured.

The acquisition of academic skills is critical; so, too, is the development in children of a sense of purpose and of motivation. We strive to enable children to become increasingly self-directed, engaged, and independent learners and to develop the skills and the confidence they need to pursue their own intellectual interests. The child who knows how to learn and who loves to learn is well prepared for the future.

Our school is small—for a purpose. We are small in order to ensure a close relationship between each child and teacher, and to be a place where students feel secure in their environment and have opportunities to teach, learn, and socialize across age lines. The scale of the school enables a powerful sense of community to develop among students, faculty, staff, and parents, and a sense of involvement and caring that includes alumni, Board members, and friends.

There is purpose, as well, to our city location. The Learning Project engages regularly with Boston as we promote active citizenships and inspire students to value, learn from, and be conscientious stewards of our city’s resources. Additionally, the cultural richness of the city provides a primary resource for teaching openness, respect, and an appreciation of the ways in which people are different. The Learning Project is dedicated to ensuring financial accessibility for all through our commitment to maintaining a robust tuition assistance program. We prioritize equity and belonging, and we believe in the uniqueness and value of all human beings, regardless of race, sex, gender, age, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, family structure, sexual orientation, or cultural background. 

As a community and as an institution, we are deeply dependent on the dedication and hard work of faculty and staff, parents, and members of the Board. We strive to maintain open and frequent communications, and to invite active participation in the life of the school. As an employer, we endeavor to be fair and to provide work conditions that encourage teachers and staff to grow in their skills through collaboration and meaningful professional development opportunities.

Honesty in word and deed, critical thinking, intentionality, a sense of justice and empathy, development of good character, respect for our environment, and a commitment to talking through and solving interpersonal problems are principles that give shape to who we are and what we do. The Learning Project embraces these ideals and seeks to bring them to the wider community by encouraging and supporting their application in other settings.

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