The Circle School Mission
Through the shared ethics and knowledge of parents and educators, the Circle School cultivates a thriving and compassionate community while individualizing education, fostering a lifelong love of learning, and providing the confidence and leadership skills needed to become impactful citizens of the world. As a community we seek to model behavior that is neither demeaning nor discriminatory. Our goal is to foster healthy attitudes and global citizenship.
The Circle School Philosophy
The Circle School is committed to the development of the whole child by cultivating the body, mind, heart, and spirit. Through its curriculum, teaching styles and programs, our environment:
Introduces children to the wisdom of the ages and diverse cultures
Encourages children to develop and express their own creativity
Guides children in developing open minds
Fosters the development of creative leadership skills through exploring novel methods
Teaches respectful conflict resolution
Families have the right not to be discriminated against by The Circle School for reasons of age, creed, ethnic or national origin, gender, disability, political or social affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
The Circle School's curriculum is inspired by the work of Nicholas Roerich and a synthesis of methods and insights taken from the work of many educators.
Our teachers are not bound by legislature approved curriculum and standardized testing. This leaves them free to teach subjects with passion and inspire each student. Play is also a very important part of life at The Circle School. On average, all classes enjoy 4 hours per week of recess in addition to P.E. and Yoga-- to move, socialize, and just be free.
The Peace Banner
Our school flag is a Banner of Peace a symbol of our principles and our commitment; we use the Banner of Peace on our official material. We seek a healthy, rational future.
PAX CULTURA: "Where there is Peace, there is Culture; where there is Culture, there is Peace." - Nicholas Roerich
Wherever the Banner is displayed, it recognizes great achievements. It encourages the individual to strive to fulfill his highest potential, beautifying all aspects of life; it encourages each person to take responsibility for the evolution of the planet; it signifies the peace-builder; and it symbolizes the transformation of the individual and of society. Additional information about Nicholas Roerich can be found at the Nicholas Roerich Museum website at http://www.roerich.org/index.html.
Ashoka Changemaker School
In fall 2016, The Circle School received the international designation of being an Ashoka Changemaker school (www.ashoka.org). Ashoka Changemaker Schools enable all students to become changemakers—young people who have the skills and confidence to change the world for the good of all. We held our first school-wide Changemaker meeting, involving all students and teachers, in the Spring of 2017. We are the only Ashoka Changemaker School in San Antonio and are exploring new ways to facilitate the development of young Changemakers. This Fall we will be introducing a Changemaker Elective program into our curriculum to allow our students to make choices about the skills they would like to learn and utilize to change the world.