Educational Philosophy 

Learning at HGS is active and hands-on, based on Howard Gardner’s* theory of multiple intelligences, rooted in a tradition of progressive education, and clearly related to students’ own lives. Cooperative learning plays an important role in facilitating learning and group skills. Teaching of course content is fully integrated with weekly field studies trips throughout the area, and internships in the student's field of interest.

The school environment and policies are based on well-researched principles of adolescent development. The most fundamental tasks in adolescence are establishing identity and developing relationships. So, we make sure that our curriculum feels relevant to our students, that their internships help them explore different aspects of themselves, and we include a lot of group work so they can work on their relationship skills.

We also believe in making learning fun.
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hands on learning through environmental science and the arts 
The Howard Gardner School
       Serving grades 6-12