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Mountain Phoenix Community School Foundation

The MPCS Foundation supports the school's Waldorf teaching methods and arts-infused specials including handwork, orchestra/band, games, Eurythmy, art, and Spanish. It also helps with faculty development and training, Waldorf-inspired classrooms and curriculum, and capital improvements to our campus.

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Early Childhood Education

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Female Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Infants/Babies (under age 5)
Male Infants/Babies (under age 5)

Description

At Mountain Phoenix, the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program reflects our commitment to promoting children's healthy physical, social, and intellectual development. Our ECE program is based on an understanding of child development in which the child between birth and age seven develops and learns through imitation. We strive to create a home-like environment filled with artistic activity, "daily life" experiences, and play using simple wooden toys and basic play materials. These activities support their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development.

We nurture a love and joy for nature, the unfolding seasons, hands-on work endeavors, and the beauty of color, music, language, and movement in the children. Allowing the children's imagination and creativity to develop in early childhood education creates a foundation for academics and strengthens their innate desire to learn.

The teachers work with attention to beauty and detail. We consciously choose the items in the room, the activities with which the children are engaged, and the stories and circle time activities that will promote the children's healthy development. There is keen observation of each child as he or she grows, so that we can provide each of them with what they individually need to support that development.

At MPCS, our ECE program consists of three preschool classrooms, 3 full-day Kindergarten and 1 half-day Kindergarten classrooms.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have consistently seen families returning year after year, enrolling additional children at MPCS, and recommending our program to others.

Elementary School

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

At Mountain Phoenix, our elementary school program consists of two classrooms each for grades 1st through 5th. During these years, our curriculum provides a balance of movement and learning activities that support the healthy development of the whole child, head, heart, and hand. Rich storytelling is done at each grade level to provide food for the imagination in whatever literature and history blocks are prescribed in Waldorf education for that grade level.

Reading begins with building capacity for comprehension in the preschool and kindergarten classes, and slowly introduces reading through writing in the first grade - leading to understanding of word families and simple sentences. For students who come to first grade knowing how to read already, slowing down and beautifying their writing is challenging and interests these students. Opportunities to read at their individual levels are provided during the school day.

Math is introduced more quickly in the Waldorf pedagogy. All four processes are introduced in age-appropriate ways through stories and story problems in the first grade. Math standards are taught in main lesson blocks that align with Waldorf foundations and are practiced in math skills periods later in the day.

Geography is taught in all grade levels, beginning from where the child is and moving outward eventually to the greater world of continents, cultures, map-making, and geographic terms. Waldorf education aspires to help the children understand themselves in relation to the world in which they live.

Science is taught throughout the grades, beginning with nature walks where students discover the beauties of nature - plants, animals, flora, and fauna. Wonder and awe for the world of nature is inspired through stories and use of the nature table in each classroom. As the children grow through the grades, they will learn about all forms of science - earth, astronomy, physics, chemistries, magnetism, optics, color, botany, and biology.

Histories cover time periods from ancient to modern times throughout the grades. A sense of time is developed through rich biographies of famous people who formed societies and made contributions to the development of the world. Such histories are aligned with the development of the child. Opportunities for non-fiction reading from a multitude of sources are fostered within these studies of history. Literature and book circles are used to enhance students' experience of history and culture.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Evidence of program success would include:
- The majority of MPCS students completing all five years of the Elementary School Program
- The majority of 5th grade students continuing into our Middle School Program
- The majority of students being eager to come to school and developing a love of learning

Middle School

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Description

Mountain Phoenix Community School offers an inspired curriculum for the middle school years - grades 6 through 8.

The main lesson blocks are the heart of the instructional day, filled with in-depth learning in the areas of math, literature, language arts, history, science, and geography. The two-hour main lesson that runs for 3 to 4 weeks, is threefold. A balance of thinking, feeling, and willing activities are integrated into each lesson, so that active student learning takes place. Music and art are integrated into the main lesson where possible to enrich the learning experience.

Middle School education at MPCS leads to higher-level thinking and other 21st century ideals, including problem solving and working in teams. A broad understanding of history through time develops a sense of time and the contributions given to the world by various societies. Students learn Roman History, the Golden Age of Africa, Medieval Times, the Age of Exploration, Renaissance Times, American Revolution, Revolutions in Thought, Modern History, and Current Affairs.

Science is rich in background knowledge and observational techniques that can lead to scientific analysis and methods for research. Science in the sixth grade includes physics, observational astronomy, geology, and electricity & magnetism. Students go on to explore anatomy and chemistry in the older grades.

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Evidence of Program's Success

We have a high retention rate for staff and students, as well as a very high attendance rate through out the year.

Homeschool

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Adolescents/Youth (13-19 years)
Children (4-12 years)
Families
Parents

Description

Mountain Phoenix Community School offers a publicly-funded enrichment program for homeschoolers in kindergarten through eighth grade. The program is designed to provide arts enrichment to the curriculum that is taught in the home. The program is designed to include the following:

Practicals Arts: Sewing, knitting, weaving, felting, cooking, and gardening
Visual Arts: Painting, drawing, modeling, and sculpting
Movement Arts: Games, dancing and Eurythmy
Performing Arts: Theater, poetry, story telling
Music Arts: Flute, recorder, singing, band and orchestra
Language Arts: Poetry, Spanish, verses, stories, and creative writing

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Evidence of Program's Success

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