The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy founded on the belief that children are inherently capable learners who, when given agency over their learning process and provided the means by which to explore it, can successfully reach their innate potential, as unique individuals and as citizens in community with each other, their teachers and parents.
True to Reggio Emilia, our educators' predominant role in the classroom is that of teacher-researcher. Each student's learning process is carefully observed, documented and reflected upon in order to individualize and empower their learning.
In the United States, the Reggio Emilia approach is most commonly found in preschool, the age group for which it was founded in Reggio Emilia, Italy, following World War II. However, A New Leaf expands the Reggio Emilia approach into the elementary grade levels largely based on the (greatly) inspiring work of Project Zero from Harvard University whose research points to how American schools can implement this approach while aligning with today's academic standards. Our unique learning support team further enhances our ability to empower students to reach their highest potential.