Philosophy and Mission Statement

At the center of the pedagogy of our school is the insight that each person, and each person's individual development, are unique. This is the axiom behind all of our pedagogical strivings.

We are convinced that teenagers and children do not become motivated to learn through grades, competition, or outside pressure. They truly learn only when they can develop their own curiosity and joy in discovery; when they experience themselves as valuable and important members of a community; and when they feel secure enough to let themselves unfold and fulfill their potential.

"Become who you are": Paul Geheeb founded our school upon this imperative. When young people recognize their own potential by seeing it mirrored back to them by teachers and peers, they come to understand who they are and who they could become.

Quality Standards

The document in the following link, the result of a team effort among our faculty, summarizes our quality standards:

Quality Standards for the Ecole d'Humanité

Mission Statement

The Ecole d'Humanité strives for a holistic education for its students. We support and promote academic and social competences. We develop creative strengths, the readiness for engagement in society, and the assumption of responsibility. In our international community tolerance and openness to the world are lived out every day.

A special role is played by:

  • The progressive educational ideas of the founding couple Paul and Edith Geheeb-Cassirer
  • The art of teaching through profound immersion in key subject areas ("Exemplarisches Lehren") developed by Martin Wagenschein.
  • The Method of Theme-Centered Interaction (TCI) developed by Ruth C. Cohn

Key Points of our Mission Statement

Learning by Doing

Learning by Doing develops self-awareness and a feeling of self-worth. It leads to a deepened understanding and thus to the ability to judge, decide, and act.

Encouragement

Encouragement, personal contact, and awareness of one's own resources break down fears related to learning.

Cooperation

Cooperation helps in consolidating one's own ideas and strengths and contributing with them to the realization of a meaningful mutual goal. Fair and critical discussion leads to a reworking of ideas and strengths and to their heightened effectiveness.

Living in an International Community

The international nature of our community naturally encourages seeing foreignness as an enrichment rather than a threat, and working together as partners while practicing mutual respect for cultural differences.

Closeness to Nature

Immersion in nature counters the increasing loss of values and relationships in our highly technological civilization. Intensive encounters with the natural world make people humbler while at the same time making them aware of their own strengths and instilling in them a sense of responsibility for our planet.

Sustainability

"This generation will require leaders and thinkers who can think ecologically, understand the interconnectedness of human and natural systems, and have the will, ability, and courage to act." Michael K. Stone, Center for Ecoliteracy

Sustainability influences all aspects of life at our school. We commit ourselves to a sustainable lifestyle. We teach our students that they and their community are a part of a greater system that encompasses both human beings and the natural world.

The pillars of our education in sustainability are two large school gardens and our goat project. Both through academic courses and through extracurricular projects, our students learn the joys and trials of producing one's own food.