Philosophy

It's What Makes BNS Special

Our Mission

The Mission of the Blacksburg New School is to serve its students, teachers, and parents by providing a cooperative educational environment.

 

We are committed to academic and civic excellence, to individual and community responsibility, and to the love of learning.

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We Love Learning

The school instills in each child the desire to learn by:

  • Letting each child progress at his/her own rate using positive reinforcement

  • Emphasizing how to work with one another and to enjoy each other's talents

  • Stressing development of critical thinking and inquiry rather than rote learning

  • Having parents participate in school activities and participate in the daily running of the school

  • Avoiding competitive, racist, or sexist mindsets

  • Making school work a challenge, not a frustration

  • Giving students and teachers the opportunity to set goals, develop projects, and evaluate them jointly

  • Encourage the mixing of age levels within the school so that children can help one another

  • Stressing that with freedom comes responsibility, both to oneself and to others.

We Encourage Self-Knowledge

The school works to promote self-knowledge and growth by aiding each student to:

  • Respect oneself and others, both in language and behavior

  • Be cooperative rather than competitive

  • Learn self-discipline and take responsibility for one's own actions

  • Develop a spirit of service-mindedness by helping others and being patient

  • Learn to concentrate

  • Listen to and also understand what others say and feel

  • Learn to focus on one's needs, feelings, and goals

  • Learn to show feelings in appropriate ways

  • Respect property and treat the environment with care

  • Witness the importance of family involvement in their education

© 2020 Blacksburg New School. 

2500 North Main St, Blacksburg, VA, 24060

(540) 552-6693

Blacksburg New School is an independent K-8 school fostering academic achievement, creative and critical thinking, and thoughtful action. The mission of the Blacksburg New School is to serve its students, teachers, and parents by providing a cooperative educational environment. We are committed to academic and civic excellence, to individual and community responsibility, and to the love of learning

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