Mission, Vision & Philosophy
Ullens approach to teaching and learning is inspired by the philosophy of New York’s Bank Street Graduate School of Education, a pioneer in innovative and progressive education.
The vision of Ullens School is to become an international center for academic excellence that fosters social responsibility and international mindedness among our students.
The mission of Ullens School is to encourage and empower children to pursue their intellectual curiosity and creativity along with a path of self-discovery that leads to responsible adulthood and to provide a multi-faceted learning environment that includes parents, teachers, students, and the community, where children from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds are treated with respect and dignity.
A. Every child is unique. The Ullens approach to teaching respects cognitive diversity of its children.
B. Education develops a child to a complete being, which includes the child’s social, emotional, physical and intellectual development.
C. Education leads to the understanding of important concepts and mastery of essential skills through instruction which is based on well-researched philosophies of teaching and learning strategies. The school believes that:
- Learning is ‘child-focused’.
- Learning is active: students are engaged with real experiences and ‘hands-on’ activities, which help them to construct and develop their own understandings.
- Learning is engaging students in critical and creative thinking: students deepen their understanding through questions which ask them to solve problems, make connections, draw conclusions and articulate their own ideas.
- Learning is students reflecting on what they have learned from their experiences.
D. Education is enhanced through respectful, open and supportive relationships between students and teacher. Students are encouraged to be creative and to share their ideas and feelings.
E. Education is interactive. Parents and teachers are engaged in a partnership through which they support each other to provide positive learning environments for children.
At Ullens School we respect individual differences and interests. We offer a safe and happy learning environment. Our teachers combine gentleness with justice and maintain high standards of ethical behavior as well as intellectual achievement.
We encourage children to think for themselves by pursuing their intellectual curiosity and creativity. We guide students as they develop their own ideas and seek creative solutions to problems. Our teachers nurture critical thinking by encouraging students to work without fear, ask questions, analyze, and draw logical conclusions.
Ullens treats children from all cultures, race and ethnic background with respect and dignity. Children learn to value diversity and recognize the importance of social equality. The atmosphere at Ullens School helps students learn self-respect and respect for others. Self-discipline grows as students come to believe ‘I am capable’, ‘I am needed’, and ‘I can influence what happens to me’.
In fostering self-discovery, we seek to develop a child’s intellectual and social skills equally. Our aim is to empower children to become responsible and capable adults.
We strive to create close ties between families and the school because parent involvement is an essential part of a child’s education. Regular parent-teacher conferences and programs based on curricular activities keep parents connected to school life. We encourage parents to volunteer as chaperones and guides for field trips, to share their knowledge and expertise, to engage with the school as class representatives, and to volunteer in the school’s Action Team for Partnership committee.
We also provide special training programs for parents on child development and parenting skills. We want to provide parents with the tools to support their children academically, emotionally, and socially.
Ullens School is a co-educational non-profit institution. The school is non-residential. We believe that children deserve to live with their parents and remain connected with their family circle and, yet be able to get best education.
Our website carries regular updates on student activities and the school sends a quarterly newsletter to parents to keep them up to date on school programs.