Deer Park Elementary first welcomed students through its door on September 8, 1994. Over the past fifteen years the school staff is proud to have worked in partnership with Deer Park’s supportive PTA to provide numerous programs and activities to enrich the learning of all students in a caring environment.
Deer Park is proud to be a Responsive Classroom school, ensuring that academic and social learning occur simultaneously. Deer Park began training and implementation in 2008. Each classroom begins each day with a Morning Meeting.
The Responsive Classroom approach includes seven basic principles which are:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what they learn: process and content go hand in hand.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- There is a set of social skills children need in order to be successful academically and socially: cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
- Knowing the children we teach—individually, culturally, and developmentally—is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the families of the children we teach and working with them as partners is essential to children’s education.
- How the adults at school work together is as important as individual competence: Lasting change begins with the adult community.
For more information about Responsive Classroom please visit: www.responsiveclassroom.org.
The Deer Park community develops the whole child to become productive citizens of the world. We give students the tools to reach their full potential and a passion for life-long learning.
As a school community, we collaborate, communicate, and serve as dedicated and consistent role models for our children. Our staff members are active learners, working together in a learning community that offers opportunities for collaboration, research study, and differentiated staff development. We expect and teach students to respect others, be independent thinkers, confident communicators, and have a positive attitude in order to become life-long learners.
Our ultimate goal is to prepare students to lead responsible, productive, and respectful lives in an ever-changing and diverse society.
Last Updated: 2012-07-30