Hilltown Cooperative Charter School, Haydenville, Mass.
Hilltown Cooperative Charter School, located in the western Massachusetts town of Haydenville, has been in operation since 1995. The school serves 138 students from several surrounding communities, in grades kindergarten through eight. The mission of the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School is to involve students, teachers, parents, administrators, and members of the surrounding community in sustaining a non-discriminatory, rural learning environment. The school is committed to nurturing the innate curiosity and creativity of children and believes that this stimulates exploration of the arts and sciences. At Hilltown, the belief is that an integrated curriculum leads to personal empowerment, critical thinking, joy of learning, and appreciation of the importance of diversity and cooperation.
The curricular philosophy at Hilltown is both arts-integrated and project-based. Hilltown Cooperative uses a curriculum that draws heavily on the expressive arts as well as on students’ own experiences to spur creative thinking. Students explore lessons and present their learning through writing, art, music, movement, construction, and drama.
At Hilltown, students are grouped developmentally in multi-age classrooms and have a schedule that allows for both parental involvement and further arts integration.
School information compiled from the Hilltown Cooperative Charter School Web site:
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