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Why These Goals?


All children deserve their own education, the one best suited to each of them. The New School is a place where the potentials of children are rewarded, their weaknesses are faced, and their lives, spirits, and minds can flower.


A Place for Children:


To learn responsibility through self-reliance in a lively community that needs and relishes each student's contributions to its success and happiness.


To be free to explore without those constraints that can smother interest and breed mediocrity, while encountering other members of the School who rely on and respond to the quality and success of each work.


To explore individualized curricula, including group and independent study, hands-on exploration, travel, correspondence, experiment, and major projects, generated by their imaginations and interests.


To be accepted and gain insight and toleration of others by exercising power in a community composed of equally empowered individuals of diverse circumstances and backgrounds.


To learn the arts of liberty by participating in the student administered judicial process and using the tools of the participatory democracy of the School Meeting which govern and manage The New School.

Good Judgment

To critically evaluate every text and resource, their work and the work of others, as integral parts of conversations and pursuits.
To learn to avoid prejudice, to be open to surprise and improvement, and thus to judge well. 
The New School is a solid base from which to explore local, regional and global communities, ideas, and cultures, through trips, personal contacts, and telecommunications, supported and enriched by the aid and perspectives of other members of the School.

Reflection & Accountability

To reflect on the actual results of their projects and efforts; to be confronted with and explore the effects of their actions on others; and eventually to join in the assessment of their growth to adulthood, while preparing the written arguments and public defense of their belief that they are ready to be responsible and productive adults. Proof of this readiness to the satisfaction of the school community of parents, staff, and students is the requirement to obtain a diploma from The New School.

The New School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.

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812 Elkton Road, P.O. Box 947, Newark, DE 19715-0947
Phone: 302-456-9838

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1996 - August, 2013 The New School.
Last revised 29 August 2013.