At The Post Oak School we practice the dictum, “Begin with the end in mind.” And so we envision our students as adults who are lifelong learners; people who know deeply what they want and have the inner resources to pursue their goals; leaders who not only want to contribute to the world around them but who have the skills they need to do so in exceptional ways.
At the heart of our vision is not a method, but rather a goal: to help young people construct themselves as complete human beings.
At the heart of that goal are some core beliefs:
- That learning is active, not passive; that children and adults alike learn best by doing.
- That people learn best when they want to, and not when they’re coerced by external rewards or competition.
- That peace and cooperation are not just utopian ideals, but an orientation and skill set which must be cultivated from earliest childhood.
- That ultimately, a worthwhile life has significance to both the individual and to society.
Our method, the path by which we express our beliefs and achieve our goal, is the Montessori method, an educational approach with a long and venerable history. More than that, Montessori is a living idea whose relevance is being borne out by the students who graduate Post Oak annually—self-reliant, intellectually curious, fully equipped for the adventure of life.