High Scope’s educational approach emphasizes “active participatory learning.” Active learning means students have direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events, and ideas.
Children’s interests and choices are at the heart of High Scope programs. They construct their own knowledge through interactions with the world and the people around them. Children take the first step in the learning process by making choices and following through on their plans and decisions.
Teachers, caregivers, and parents offer physical, emotional, and intellectual support. In an active learning setting, adults expand children’s thinking with diverse materials and nurturing interactions.