Mission, Vision, Values


"It is not a common school."
—7th grader (age 12)

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Our Mission

Peninsula School creates a space where children thrive and develop their full promise as confident contributors in the world. Here they learn about themselves and others, discovering their passions and growing intellectually in an inclusive community rich with choices, exploration, and play.

Our Vision

Through the progressive principles of constant reflection and renewal, Peninsula School will  continue to adapt to the ever-changing world while holding true to the core values that have been the school’s foundation for nearly a century.

We will articulate how our unique pedagogy fosters a learning community that nurtures intellectual curiosity and where students develop the skills and confidence necessary to become  creative and compassionate contributors in the world.

In the school’s ongoing quest for social justice, we will continue to champion diversity, equity, and inclusion by building a community rich with a range of experiences and perspectives. We will strive to provide our students, staff, and families with resources to thrive in our community.

Core Values

Peninsula School's core values are long-standing, deeply held, grounded in the Progressive Education tradition, and put into practice daily throughout our community.


Children learn to communicate honestly and directly and to make decisions conscientiously.


Children learn the value of personal connections and membership in a diverse community committed to local and global justice.


Children are individuals; their differences are recognized, appreciated and honored in the classroom and school community.


Children learn best by experiencing daily opportunities for making important  choices and reflecting on the results.


Children explore their world and develop strong critical thinking skills through a progressive teaching and learning program, with opportunities to discover,  problem solve, and meet challenges.


Children need ample time and space for safe, open-ended exploration in our richly varied environment.

Strategic Planning 2020-2025

Peninsula School's 2019 Strategic Plan, Honoring our Past, Building our Future, is the culmination of extensive work by five task forces made up of staff, board members, parents, and alumni. Five key pillars lay the foundation for the school's work:

  • Program and Professional Development

  • Physical Environment

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Staff Recruitment and Retention

  • Communications