We are proud to share, Voyagers’ Community School is among 2,800 schools across the United States and in nearly 100 countries, accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.
According to MSA-CESS, the profile of a Middle States Accredited institution:
The students are partners in the design of their education. Because wisdom teaches that everyone learns at different rates and that peer teaching is one of the most effective ways of learning, the students are encouraged to depend on and support others in their quest for knowledge. Their accountability is to themselves and to those around them, including the faculty. Natural curiosity and a genuine desire to learn should be the motivation of each student’s interest in his/her education.
A major tenet of our school is trust. We trust that each student, empowered to follow their own interest at their own pace, will learn, develop and discover the world in the ways that are right for them. Students are supported in their endeavors by a caring and compassionate faculty.
Much of the day-to-day running of the school is governed democratically by the students, faculty, and staff. This is achieved through regular school meetings in which students get to share their input and pose new possibilities. In order for it to truly be their community, they must be a part of the design of the environment and operations.
Faculty, staff, family, friends, and the community at large are all important parts of a child’s education. The school welcomes individuals wishing to share their knowledge and skills. The caveat is that the subject matter must suit children’s interests, the person’s style must match our philosophy and the timing must suit our schedule. Through this engagement, the community benefits from the school as the school benefits from the community.
Diversity is inherently valuable and therefore it’s important that the school is accessible and welcoming to people of all economic classes, races, ages, orientations, and abilities. Our creative, Indexed Tuition Plan and Innovator Scholarship Program make the school as affordable as possible. We aim not to turn students away for financial reasons.
The school atmosphere is one that allows for the whole expression of each individual. This means that in addition to the freedom to explore their mental and physical capacities, students are also given the freedom to explore their emotional selves. As children learn the faculty supports, assists, facilitates, and recognizes teachable moments and interpersonal tensions.
It is our aim to be as sustainable as possible, considering always the long-term welfare of the school and its environment. This means ecological responsibility – using environmentally conscious products and supplies, participating in green energy programs, etc.
Funding for the school and its operations comes from a diverse number of sources (tuition, fundraising, donations, grants, etc.). This assures that a dependency on a single source is not formed. All members of the community assist in this endeavor providing ideas, contacts, volunteer labor and encouragement to those pursuing outside funds.