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Our mission: The Raleigh School is a cooperative community of children, parents and teachers that fosters a love of learning in an atmosphere of challenge, inquiry and respect.

Why TRS?

At The Raleigh School, we know these things without any doubt:

Children need to play.

Children are curious.

Children like challenges.

Children respond to respect.

When children, teachers and parents come together, amazing things happen. That is The Raleigh School.

Everything we do here is designed for one purpose only — to educate young children in an ideal manner. Since the 1950s, we've embraced the concept of education based on what's best for the child. Our active, hands-on approach, our nurturing community, our emphasis on challenge and our partnership with parents all are core to our beliefs.

Active, hands-on approach

Children are naturally curious. We capture that excitement with our hands-on, inquiry-based approach. Beginning in our play-based, nationally accredited preschool, we have crafted a thematic, interdisciplinary curriculum to nurture children and develop their creative and critical thinking skills. As passionate facilitators of the child’s growth, our teachers design opportunities for our students to become skilled problem solvers and imaginative explorers.

Passionate teachers

Children learn best when they are valued members of a community.

Our teachers respect and trust our students, who in turn are expected to treat everyone with respect – at school and later in life. This simple expectation allows for a school community and culture that is open, nurturing, and trusting. Along with academic skills, children learn from the very beginning how to interact with others – solving problems together, resolving conflicts, and developing empathy and concern for others. These social and emotional skills are the basic foundation for developing active, engaged citizens for an increasingly diverse world.

Emphasis on challenge

Children rise to challenges that they are given, whether academic, social, or physical.

Our teachers gently nurture and challenge each child with an eye toward preserving natural curiosity and building on strengths. The challenge might come in the form of a ropes course, a more complex book, an application of a math concept to a novel problem, or a wooden boat that needs to float down our creek. The challenges engage the children in just the right way — keeping them actively involved in their own learning.

Parent involvement

Children do best when their parents are highly engaged in their education.

We have created a structure that enables parents to be involved not only in their children’s activities but also in the existence of the school itself. Parents for generations have told us that they learn how to be better parents at The Raleigh School. Along the way, the community grows around each child. The connections run deep as we come together to foster the love of learning.


Teachers and parents thoughtfully partner to ensure each child's unique capacities and learning styles are recognized and encouraged ... Every morning our children literally ran to their classrooms, thrilled by the prospect of what each new day might bring!

Mark and May Bensen, alumni parents

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