Food Justice and Neurodiversity

We always hope that when we act ethically, morally, that our actions will result in good outcomes. For instance, at Shrub Oak International School we will be using sustainable methods in our agriculture, and in our animal husbandry. These look like ethical practices, in line with the kind of values we would like to support […]

Building Leaders at all Levels

Prospective candidates often ask how Shrub Oak International will develop its staff, expressing dismay that their current positions either don’t offer professional development, or they are bored with the ‘same old, same old’. We know that every day will be different, and growth opportunities will arise in traditional and nontraditional ways. At Shrub Oak, staff […]

Education Driven By Student Passion

Parents often tell us they want an education for their children that incorporates their interests and passions. At Shrub Oak, we accomplish that by providing opportunities for active and experiential learning. By connecting with each child on an individual level, we create an environment that is conducive to the deepest level of learning possible. We […]

Diversity is Our Greatest Strength

I walked the campus this weekend with Farmer Glenn, deep into the woods and across the open fields, surveying the campus from the ground to the treetops. We were accessing the biodiversity of the campus, which you know from a previous blog here is a sign of the campus’ biological health. We both joined iNaturalist […]

Enthusiasm Is Infectious…And It Never Gets Old…

Imagine being the recipient of a call from a soon-to-be staff member who had recently received a Shrub Oak International offer letter of employment: “This is AMAZING!! I am SOOOOO excited. THANK YOU!!!” Often, the next question that is asked is something akin to: “Can I start before school officially opens in September? I just […]

By Building a Respectful Relationship, Educators Can Reduce Parents’ Stress Parents of adolescents have to cope with stress that emanates from several sources… their kids, their own work, finances, social lives, and sometimes the school that their child attends. As educators, we can help alleviate stress levels of our students and their parents by being accessible, actively listening to parents’ concerns and wishes, and […]