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.



As children are naturally curious and have an innate love of learning, we design curriculum to encourage and facilitate this motivation to learn and develop in a self-directed manner; as children learn best through exploration and play, we design curriculum to give children varied and open-ended opportunities to:

  • understand concepts,
  • solve problems,
  • practice creativity,
  • develop an understanding of self and others,
  • gain self-confidence,
  • learn to communicate,
  • practice motor skill and control,
  • and create relationships and friendships.

Each preschool teacher generates curriculum that provides a broad range of experiences appropriate for the children in the class. Recognizing that young children have individual strengths, needs, interests, learning styles and developmental schedules, each teacher takes a balanced, whole-child approach to curriculum planning that provides for the positive growth and development of each of the children.

Intentional consideration is given to the enhancing each child’s cognitive development, social and emotional growth, fine and gross motor ability, and creative/artistic expression. Content domains (math, language, social studies, science, physical health, music, and art) are integrated within thematic structures and questions.

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