Frequently Asked Questions

How is curriculum developed?
Curriculum throughout the Marylhurst School is developmentally appropriate, and does not follow common core.  We organize our program around achieving competencies that cut across academic disciplines. Competencies are skills, not ideas or bits of knowledge. We believe children are better prepared for the future when educated within the framework of a competency model, as skill building connects disciplines and enhances communities. This is an intentional process that links and supports a culture of learning through dialogue and engagement.

In the preschool, curriculum flows from the personal experiences of the individual child and is supported by the teachers and the classroom community. In grades K-8 yearlong thematic curriculum connects competencies to the personal experiences of the child and to the whole classroom. Beginning in 2017-2018 we will shift the configuration of the primary classes to K/1, 2/3, 4/5 blends, and offer distinct 6th, 7th and 8th grade classes, functioning as a middle school cohort.

What is your assessment practice?
We believe that assessments should be authentic, ongoing, and reflective of each child’s growth and changing needs. We do not administer standardized state exams. We use formative assessments at the beginning of each school year to measure what children know, and summative assessments at the end of units to gauge what children have learned. We use qualitative data to gather what we know of the whole child, and occasionally, quantitative assessments. We teach test-taking and look at our classes as a whole using a national ERB test in the 5th grade. Individual progress of the child is communicated through parent teacher conferences, written narratives, portfolios, and student self-reflection work.

What is your homework philosophy?
We believe homework is an opportunity to deepen the process of learning. Home­work is a rich extension of classroom study and is used to develop positive habits of inquiry. Time after school does not belong to school alone, but to families, social connections and individual passions.

How is technology used?
Technology is utilized as a resource for information gathering and building research skills. Word processing and multimedia presentations are used to present work in its final form. Student blogs communicate ongoing classroom projects. We believe technology is an ever-changing idea, and we teach children to use technology in an ethical and resourceful way.

How will you support individual learning styles?
We understand children, and our low student-to-teacher ratio supports deep relationships between students and faculty. In addition, Marylhurst employs an Educational Specialist who is dedicated to ensuring classroom cohesion by aiding learning styles and educational differences, as well as general classroom behavior.

Will my child be ready for their next educational step?
Learning, based upon the core competencies will assure your child success in whatever situation they find themselves after graduating from The Marylhurst School.

Why should I send my child here?
We recognize that every child is unique. Our core competencies lie at the heart of good education. The Marylhurst School has always valued the partnership between teacher, family and community.

How is tuition determined?
Primary school tuition was originally determined based on the spring 2011 parent survey results where Marylhurst families cited overall value for cost as the most important price point factor, as well the recommendation of our hired education consultant who conducted a full market segmentation analysis. Families can expect an annual average increase of 5%.