Where closer relationships and deeper learning experiences take children farther.
This place and these years form the foundation for everything to come—a foundation of academic success and high character that makes anything possible for your child.
Through valued relationships between teachers and students and meaningful, engaging experiences, Old Trail School opens children to the full wonder of learning. Every programmatic and curricular decision we make is guided by what we know about children and backed by the latest research in child development.
The time to invest in your child’s education is from the early stages of development through preadolescence, when their cognitive, social and physical growth happens most rapidly. At Old Trail, age-appropriate academic challenge begins at age 2 and progresses through Grade 8.
Happy children learn better.
A whole-child approach to education yields healthy social-emotional and physical development, creativity, kindness, and academic achievement. At Old Trail, a comprehensive view of each child ensures children are happy, engaged, and successful.
The best teachers have the biggest hearts.
When it comes to academic potential, the most important factor in a child’s success is the quality of their teacher. Our 8:1 student–teacher ratio allows teachers to know each child and how far they can go.
We believe in true learning, embedded deep within.
Experience is the greatest educator.
The best way to increase students’ ability to solve problems and recall material is to make learning an experience. Our curriculum differs from other public and private schools – is thoughtfully grounded in engaging experiences and reflection to produce more dynamic thinkers.
Growth must take place inside and out.
The environment surrounding a child has a great effect on their capacity to learn and grow. Our location on 62 acres in a national park provides unparalleled learning opportunities and a tranquil setting in which to grow.
Character is a strong determinant of success.
Leadership must be practiced early and often. The graduates who live out Old Trail’s core values of respect, goodness, responsibility and service are the mark of our success.
With nearly a half-century of experience as an educator, Vicki Marty had a difficult time walking away from the only profession she had ever known. But for personal reasons related to the rising pandemic, she announced her retirement from teaching late last spring.
Mrs. Marty soon discovered, however, that although she may have decided to retire from Old Trail, the school community wasn’t quite ready to let her go yet.