“At the core of what schools are about is relationships… You can get the curriculum right, but if the relationships are not right, the school will not succeed.” - Cavanaugh

Eureka! has adopted a humanistic philosophy of inclusion and diversity, which recognizes that inclusion is not merely about including one group of students, rather it is based on the value that no student should be excluded. Informed by emerging research from the field of translational developmental neuroscience and in accordance with the Universal Design for Learning framework, our curriculum will be universally designed and emphasize the arts, humanities, and global social studies.

Eureka! will connect teaching and learning to the real world in meaningful ways, thereby strengthening our students, families, schools, and broader community. Our students will graduate on-track with the confidence to take the next step on their high school, college, career, or life pathway.

The Eureka! model of inclusion is strengthened by a solid philosophical foundation of the basic human rights of all children to be included in society and anchored by four shared principles:

1.     Nurturing Relationships are essential to the healthy development of all children. 

2.     Nurturing Environments are essential to healthy explorations for all children. 

3.     Equal access to curriculum is essential to academic success for all children. 

4.     Childhood should be filled with wonder, joy, friends, and play! 

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“There is a need for greater synergy between advances in neuroscience and the formulation of innovative policies to improve life outcomes for children experiencing significant adversity. Translational developmental neuroscience can inform new theories of change to catalyze more effective interventions that lead to a more productive and healthier society.”

Dr. Jack Shonkoff from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University discusses why we should have a vested interest in the success and wellbeing of all children, not just our own.