Mast Landing School serves approximately 230 students in grades 3-5. Students at Mast Landing School have a variety of opportunities to engage in learning that supports their academic, social, and emotional learning--both on site at school as well as through partnership with local organizations.
Mast Landing School staff work hard and take pride in knowing and meeting the needs of each individual student, as well as in building community in their classrooms. Towards this end, our staff has made a commitment to the Responsive Classroom framework, a way of teaching that emphasizes social, emotional and academic growth in a strong and safe school community.
In addition to students’ daily academic learning, students have a variety of opportunities to engage in clubs, activities, and field trips. In 3rd grade, students extend their learning of ecology and the natural world at Wolfe’s Neck Farm School. Students build upon this learning in 4th grade through an overnight experience at The Ecology School. Our 5th grade students extend this learning, as well as develop leadership and teamwork through four days and three nights at Chewonki’s Outdoor Classroom. Optional activities for students include chorus and band, Civil Rights Team, Drama Club, Green Team, Math Team, Student Council, and Robotics Club.
The rich academic and extracurricular experiences students offered support students’ development as joyful, passionate, lifelong learners.
Our work with students each day is driven by the following vision:
We believe in teaching the whole child. We value students for who they are and strive to give children different opportunities to shine. We believe the optimal learning environment is one in which parents, educators and students work together to meet each child’s needs. As educators, we inspire students to reach their fullest potential by fostering different learning styles and exploring multiple pathways to grow.
We believe in student centered learning. Students have a voice and choice in their learning and take responsibility for their own learning experiences. As educators, we make this possible by providing differentiated instruction and a rigorous curriculum for the mind and body. We also provide enrichment opportunities and support services in the visual and performing arts, in reading and writing, and in mathematics and science. We listen to students and we care. Students are actively engaged by participating in activities such as student council, student directed assemblies, student directed Free Fridays and by being student ambassadors, library pages and math team members. Students set learning goals and develop self discipline and independence.
We believe it is important to establish a sense of community within the school. The strengths of all are recognized, appreciated, supported and celebrated. Small learning communities are valued and are characterized by a feeling of mutual respect and trust. The environment is one that fosters and nurtures strong relationships among students and between staff and students. Celebrations are part of the school culture. Mast Landing is a joyful place for educators, students and families.
We believe that collaboration among educators and with parents is essential. The school culture provides multiple opportunities for educators to work and learn together. Educators are encouraged to try new things, share ideas and problem solve in order to provide the best learning environment for students and to push each other to continually grow as professionals. Student focused communication among educators and with parents is essential.