The Las Virgenes Unified School District is widely recognized for excellence. Mariposa School of Global Education was created to expand and enhance what the District offers.
The vision for the educational model of Mariposa is driven by both current and seminal research which purports the need for a variety of instructional strategies and approaches to meet the diverse needs of students and satisfactorily prepare them to participate effectively in the 21st century global market. We integrate a Waldorf-inspired curriculum with themes of world studies and environmental education. Children learn through hands-on projects, arts-integration, regular hikes in nature, and so much more!
Currently, our student population consists of about 400 kindergarten through eighth grade students with room to grow. School tours are held monthly beginning in the Winter, and we also encourage you to join us for our festivals and most other school-sponsored events throughout the year.
Mariposa Elementary School offers the following distinguishing components:
- A 3-year and 2-year looping model in which children remain with their classmates and teacher in grades 1-3, 4-5 and 6-8.
- Project-Based teaching methods (hands-on, cross-curricular)
Incorporating Waldorf-inspired teaching methods including oral story telling, use of natural art materials, daily, whole-body movement and song, sculpting, drawing and focus on the process of learning over the product
- Use of Montessori materials to reinforce concepts
Integrated curriculum incorporating world studies, environmental education, science, visual and performing arts, music, poetry and storytelling into the core subjects of reading, writing, and math
- Skill-Streaming through a block schedule to target individual performance levels and meet students where their skills are at
- Council Circle and weekly social skills lessons with teaching teaching, modeling, role playing, and rehearsal
- Relationship-based teaching and looping students with the same teacher for 3 years
- Parent education and participation
- Outdoor/environmental education through monthly hikes, field trips, and classroom lessons taught by naturalists