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The Cottonwood School’s Guiding Principles

These are the guiding principles The Cottonwood School uses in planning and decision making. We have created these principles based on our Mission and Vision as they pertain to our homeschool program. They encapsulate what we do and why we do it.

Whole Learner: We believe that each student has an unlimited potential for growth, and we understand that achieving and surpassing academic standards requires addressing the needs of each student as a whole-learner. We nurture social, emotional, and physical wellness, in addition to academic excellence, to maximize your child’s holistic growth and future success.

Choice: We partner with parents to guide and facilitate student learning opportunities and support choice in designing personalized educational plans that respect individual learning styles while addressing state standards.

Diversity: We honor the uniqueness of each person and their diverse experiences and choices. We provide opportunities to lift marginalized voices, celebrate cultures, create space for understanding, and grow through shared experiences.

Community: We create avenues for building authentic relationships through a variety of meaningful community events and programs that support the needs of both students and parents.

Communication: We are committed to cultivating a climate of trust and transparency with clear communication and an opportunity for all voices to be heard and represented.



The Cottonwood School’s mission is to provide educational options including Montessori-based pathways and other personalized educational pathways that encompass many options to meet each student’s needs and interests. The Montessori-based pathways include both a homeschool program and a site-based personalized learning experience grounded in Montessori philosophy inspired by a deeper learning pedagogy in order to support the unique needs of each student in an environment where they can feel safe and experience academic success. a personalized environment that fosters successful achievement through quality, personalized, standards-based education, which could include online coursework, offline textbook work, and unique hands-on and experiential learning experiences facilitated in partnership with students, parents, staff, and community.


The vision of The Cottonwood School is to create a learning organization that prepares students for their tomorrow.

Schoolwide Learner Outcomes

  • Knowledge and Thinking – Students will develop the ability to reason, problem-solve, develop sound arguments or decisions, and create new ideas by using appropriate sources and applying the knowledge and skills of a discipline.
  • Agency – Students will develop a growth mindset and take ownership over learning.
  • Collaboration – Students will develop the ability to be a productive member of diverse teams, through strong interpersonal communication and a commitment to shared success, leadership, and initiative.
  • Oral Communication – Students will develop the ability to communicate knowledge and thinking through effective oral presentations.
  • Written Communication – Students will develop the ability to effectively communicate knowledge and thinking through writing.

College and Career Readiness has a very specific meaning at the Cottonwood School. When the Charter School says it is focused on getting students college, career, and civic life ready, it means that every Cottonwood School graduate leaves aware, eligible, and prepared to pursue postsecondary education or training.

  • Aware – The student understands post-secondary options and sees the importance of continuing their education.
  • Eligible – The student completes the requirements necessary to continue their education.
  • Prepared – The student graduates from high school with the skills necessary to further education without remediation.

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