Old Trail School is a co-ed, independent day school for children age 2 through Grade 8, dedicated to a distinctive culture where each child feels known and cared for. Our 62 acre campus in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park provides the perfect setting for purposeful, intentional curriculum and a meaningful student experience that gets children outside and brings the park in, all while focusing on the School’s Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Goodness and Service.
Our Intermediate School curriculum places children in situations where they push through increasingly complex problems, and seek solutions. We provide countless ways for students to do this on their own and create their own path forward: working through a math word problem for the first time, when the answer isn’t necessarily apparent or requires multiple steps; during conversations with peers about differences, understanding and acceptance; on the playground, where students negotiate having fun, and managing individual wants vs. the interests of the group. We teach them that content has a purpose and as they learn more and more content, how do they use it to become a wiser student, a kinder student, and a more responsible student.
Much more than a uniquely strong academic program our Middle School gives students choices, time and encouragement to help them define their own educational experience. The curriculum strikes a balance between requirements and choice – understanding that while adolescents need broad and required exposure to many opportunities, they still should be given choice to ensure buy-in and ignite passions. Our faculty incorporates knowledge of early adolescents in the design, curriculum, opportunities and social interaction of our students. Whether using our advisory program as an avenue to do service projects or as a central gathering place to discuss our overnight trips, these core groups allow students to have a stable and consistent base of support and community between faculty and peers.
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