Sabot at Stony Point was created in 2007 through the merger of Sabot School, an innovative early childhood program, and Stony Point School’s pre-kindergarten through 8th grade offerings. Both schools were founded by parents working with educators to bring change to Richmond’s education landscape.
In 1993, Sabot Preschool began to work under the inspiration of the Reggio Emilia Approach. This approach has been influencing education internationally for more than 50 years. In the Reggio approach, children are seen as capable thinkers and theorists who, working together, research and come to understand themselves and their world. Our experience with Reggio-inspired practice was so powerful that parents advocated to have that philosophy as the basis for further education, thus our kindergarten – 8th grade curricula, anchored by the 5 Rs, were born. As a result of our long history with this work, Sabot has had the privilege of serving, along with other “early adopters” as a model and voice for the dissemination of the Reggio Emilia Approach in the United States.
Today all Sabot students experience an engaging education, appropriate to their age, with these common traits and values:
RELATIONSHIP: The web of connections among children, teachers, and parents – a knowledge network – in which each person’s questions and understanding informs the others’.
RESEARCH: The process of learning how to learn; the tools for investigating questions that students will face throughout their lives.
REPRESENTATION: The process of making one’s thinking visible through many formats such as digital media, the visual arts, and the expressive arts including writing.
REFLECTION: John Dewey reminds us, “We do not learn from experience…we learn from reflecting on experience.” Enough said!
REACH: Our ethic of best work in which we encourage students to stretch themselves by taking intellectual risks, sustaining efforts, and embracing challenges.