The Forest School at Marshall is an elementary age program for kindergarten through 4th grade. Students spend approximately 50% of their time outside in nature-based learning on Marshall's 42-acre campus.
Learning in the Forest School occurs within a rich and systematic context of brain-based and research-supported experiences that grow the habits, skills, and dispositions necessary for learners to thrive.
While the Forest School curriculum is emergent and adaptive to the individual and group needs, the Forest School is part of a growing number of nature-based elementary schools that draw inspiration from several philosophies, including approaches found in nature-based, EL (formerly known as Expeditionary Learning), and Reggio Emilia pedagogies. The Forest School curriculum seeks the intersection of student-initiated learning with reading, writing, and arithmetic skills at all students’ developmental stages.
Through equitable, diverse, and inclusive teaching, students experience autonomous and communal learning that grows compassion, stewardship, responsibility, and curiosity. The Forest School’s commitment to long-term outdoor experiences develops connections amongst learners and the land, fosters creative, resilient, and physically healthy children, and facilitates growth-oriented, independent, and lifelong learners.