As the Head of a school that enrolls four year olds through fourteen year olds, I am often asked “Why do you end in middle school? How does this serve children differently from other school models?” These questions have opened the door to many valuable discussions about the benefits of a school that culminates in 8th Grade. I witness the value of a PreK-8th Grade program in our classrooms and in the interactions between our students, faculty and parents every day, but with all the different educational options available to families, why should you consider sending your child to a PreK (or Kindergarten) through 8th Grade school?
As the school year unfolds, many opportunities present themselves as a chance to think about intention.
A legitimate intention, one that you take seriously, is both enticing and attainable. When you set yourself on an intention, you are taking into account the larger picture of who you want to be and the steps necessary to get there. Intentions are authentic desires, high ideals rooted in what matters most to you. This process compels you to make a commitment to align your actions with your inner values. This is not just about going through the motions of changing behavior for the sake of change. The anticipation of the good and worthwhile feeling we believe will come from honestly working toward something makes an actual improvement in our lives possible. By setting intentions, we get to the source of what we truly want. Because intentions are not oriented toward a future outcome, it becomes more deeper and more profound than meeting a goal. Living with intention is a path, a practice, a responsibility, and an indication of character.
Here are a few things to consider when you decide to create an intention.