Andy photo 2

    photo courtesy of former student Pio Montariol 


    As we turn 30 years old this year, we celebrate our deep roots while simultaneously looking to a promising future. As a faculty, we spent a lot of last year reflecting on what we do and defining who we are. Together we have recommitted to the Mission and Vision penned 30 years ago:

    The Downtown School's mission is to be a catalyst for students to become lifelong learners and responsible citizens through the combined efforts of the school, parents,

    business partners and community. 

    We believe children:

    Are unique.
    Are inquisitive and socially interactive.
    Possess individual timings and patterns of growth.
    Incorporate prior life experiences into new learning.

    Therefore, the School Community will:

    Treat children with respect and dignity.
    Model acceptance of diversity.
    Teach skills, processes and self-evaluation necessary for life-long learning.
    Provide an active learning environment that offers security and understanding.
    Cultivate value for the environment.
    Promote responsibility of self.
    Foster an enthusiasm for learning.

    Our Mission and Vision manifests in the following ways:

    • Schoolwide Enrichment Model (more info): The theme of the SEM is to develop the strengths and talents of all students.
    • Culturally Responsive Classrooms: A successful blend of Responsive Classrooms (more info) and Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Teaching and Learning (more info). Our goal is to create safe, joyful, and engaging classrooms, ensuring this includes learners whose experiences and cultures are traditionally excluded from mainstream settings.

    Never hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself to discuss educating your student. We are honored to have you join us in this endeavor.

    Andy Lester-Niles, Principal

Last Modified on November 21, 2022