Awakening Seed Mission Statement
Awakening Seed is an innovative, compassionate learning community that inspires global citizens by fostering curiosity, celebrating uniqueness, and promoting social justice.
Awakening Seed School
“The Seed” is first and foremost a community of humans dedicated to helping the planet be a healthy, peaceful place for all. The Seed emphasizes inclusiveness, creativity, innovation and positive self-expression. Children are stimulated academically and at the same time have daily opportunities to interact with the natural world through imaginative play and gardening. Seed students, ages 12 months through 10 years, are well-rounded, enthusiastic learners.
At Awakening Seed children and adults learn and grow together, celebrating both diversity and individuality. The Seed uses cooperation and collaboration as a foundation for learning. It is a place where respect for each other, and for all living creatures, is an integral part of the curriculum. For more on the Seed’s unique curriculum, go here.
Awakening Seed School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin. We grant equal access to admissions, scholarships, all rights, privileges, programs, and activities in accordance with this policy. Awakening Seed, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization offering private education.
Awakening Seed Philosophy
Throughout history, people from all walks of life have shared a vision of an age in which all beings will live together in peace. Those who hold this vision are committed to working for the benefit of all others until each one has attained an awareness of the unity of life. Awakening Seed is a part of this worldwide vision of peace and was founded on these basic principles:
Children are respected for their strengths, supported in their efforts to become well-balanced individuals, and encouraged to become intelligent, divergent thinkers.
Life can be viewed as a series of cycles or patterns. By studying smaller cycles such as the breath in the human body or life cycles of insects and spiders, the universals of life are more easily understood.
Each person is more than a physical being. Our intellect and spiritual nature need cultivation as well, in order to become a balanced person.
We all need love and support in our efforts to learn and grow.
Suffering can be eliminated through loving kindness and compassion. This attitude is cultivated most effectively at an early age.
World peace is possible.
With these principles in mind, Awakening Seed was conceived in 1977 in order to provide an environment for children that furthers this vision.
The Seed uses an emergent curriculum model, which means the learning path evolves from interests of both children and staff. Classrooms often follow the passions of the whole group or individual students. Children are highly motivated, self-directed learners because they are allowed to have a voice in determining their learning experiences. The curriculum has an emphasis on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics), which is integrated throughout each classroom’s content.
Awakening Seed has families from all over the world. The rich multicultural environment invites students to appreciate both the similarities and differences of the human experience. Families are encouraged to share aspects of their culture, which promotes understanding and empathy. Parents are supported in their important roles as their children’s first teachers, including free parenting training, nutritional resources, and guidance for all stages of child development. Many school activities include all age groups, which fosters a spirit of cooperation and strengthens the community. Seed alums stay connected as staff members, parents, and ambassadors of Seed in their adult lives.