The Hayground School is founded on the conviction that all children can live as intellectuals. All children can become serious and passionate readers; all children can engage in genuine conversation in which people exchange information and ideas, change their minds (listen with as much intensity and commitment as they give to convincing others), and work and study in a community where art is at the center, not the periphery, of life.
All children can become experts, and discover therein a life long thirst for gaining mastery. All children can develop the habit of compassion. We want a community of adults and children who know how to use their expertise, ideas and compassion- a community in which reflection and action depend upon one another.
Our job at Hayground is to find or ignite the spark of curiosity residing within each child and fan the flames. Then we work to give them the tools, perseverance and determination to fulfill that curiosity, and the ability and commitment to use their knowledge in ways that enhance life for everyone.
We are a school built on practices rather than statements. We urge and invite each of you to talk with us about what we do each day, and why. And we urge you to visit our school. We have found that an hour in the midst of our students and teachers and the things they are making is the best way to learn about Hayground.