Philosophy: Children are our future. Their education in the classroom must recognize this and support and enhance the growth of the whole child by developing the foundation of each child’s mind, body and social/emotional competence. By implementing curriculum that is designed to extend a child’s understanding and acclimation to the world around them, the classroom offers children the chance to obtain this understanding and adjustment.
All children are individually unique in their own right. While a child is learning who they are and what special talents and abilities they possess, it is also important that the classroom promotes consideration of other, respect for all people, and the world we live in. Children at Adams Traditional Beginnings will be challenged to achieve the highest standards in their studies, in their play and in their character.
Philosophy: Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence as an instrument of unity and future building for our fledgling nation — an “expression of the American mind” he called it to fellow Virginian and patriot Henry Lee. We have written these statements of philosophy, mission, and values (as expressed in our FREEDOM acronym) as an invitation to all members of the JPHS family to develop the inner virtues and exterior generosities (which are what Jefferson had in mind as the true “pursuit of happiness”) that will be a firm foundation for our personal and corporate successes.
The name of Jefferson has been carefully chosen to be the first impression created in the minds of our community. We believe Jefferson, particularly in The Declaration of Independence, represents the pinnacle of social philosophy. Though he himself humbly and readily credited ancient philosophers such as Aristotle and Cicero, and the more modern John Locke, for foundational ideas, none of them achieved the beautiful and universally impacting cadences of truth that Jefferson did:
We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.