There’s a New Kid in Town: the Downtown School
The Downtown School is an independent progressive education elementary school opening in the fall of 2014. A Holiday Open House for prospective families on will be held on Saturday, December 14, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the school site at 106 Palmer Place in Manchester Center, just behind Ye Olde Tavern. A brief presentation followed by a campus tour will be held at 10:30 a.m., and again at 12:30 p.m.
“The Downtown School is a classic progressive school,” says Alexa Manning, a member of the School’s founding team. “It is different from what is currently available in our area and will add another choice for families as they explore the strong schools in our community. Our focus is on teaching how to learn, rather than what to learn. It’s a skills-based, interdisciplinary educational approach with an emphasis on learning core skills to solve complex, real-world problems. Look at the joy you see in the eyes of very young children when they learn something new – our goal is to keep that joy happening every day through eighth grade and beyond.”
“The Downtown School’s location is key to its mission,” says Natalie Pergament, career educator and member of the Downtown School founding team. “A four-acre campus in the heart of downtown Manchester, just across the street from the new library. Involvement in and with the community is one of the school’s core beliefs.”
Jason Pergament, Director of Student Success at Burr and Burton Academy, is working with the founding group in an advisory capacity. For more information, visit thedowntownschool.org.