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History and Philosophy

History
building_2.jpgThe Cambridgeport School began in 1990–91 with a single kindergarten class in the Cambridgeport section of Cambridge. A decade later it moved into the former Fletcher School building in Area IV and now remains a rather small school with about 250 students in Preschool (Special Start)-5th grade. From the beginning, the school was built upon the idea that teachers and families can work together as a community toward assuring success for every child. The school values the culture and beliefs that each child brings to the classroom.

Philosophy
All of the teachers share a constructivist approach to learning—the belief that children must engage with their world in order to make sense of it and build their knowledge. It is through hands-on, real-world inquiry that children learn. Teachers create learning environments that guide and capture our students’ interests, helping develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills to succeed in life.

We believe in having high standards for academic achievement, in the context of a community that works together. As a community of learners, each student is expected to take responsibility for his/her own learning, while collaborating, supporting and respecting others.