Croft Weekly Updates – The Croft School

1/19/18 – Update #13: A Better Way to Teach the Gifted – and Everyone Else


“Hi Scott, we received the letter of acceptance today. If the personalized experience thus far is any indicator of what my son’s experience will be going forward then I have definitely made the right choice and we are so lucky….

1/10/18 – Update #12: Providence Half Marathon!


My colleagues Cristina, Joe, Hannah, and I are working day and night to ensure The Croft School will open as a great place for students and families….

1/3/18 – Update #11: January Events!


Happy New Year from The Croft School! We hope you’ll consider joining us for one or both of these great January events…

12/21/17 – Update #10: Humble Beginnings


Six months ago, I humbly sat down at Seven Stars on Hope Street for my first coffee chat with a Providence parent.  Since then, in partnership with many of you, we’ve moved from…

12/14/17 – Update #9: Carpenter or Gardner?


I listened to NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast this week, which featured a conversation with Alison Gopnik, developmental psychologist and author of…

12/8/17 – Update #8: Construction


This week we had the wonderful opportunity to explore Cambridge’s Shady Hill, a child-centered school that shares many of our educational values. Promoting student choice, authentic learning experiences, and project-based learning, it is no surprise that…

11/28/17 – Update #7: The World is Changing


When I meet with parents interested in The Croft School, I occasionally say something like: “The world is changing quickly.  It’s hard to predict what…

11/21/17 – Update #6: Service Matters


First and foremost, thank you to those of you who joined us at our first-ever “Open House” this past Saturday!  My favorite part of the event was congregating with other parents in the “Kids’ Room” and watching Cristina…

11/12/17 – Update #5: Parenting is Tough


So when my wife and I started dreaming up The Croft School, we said to ourselves: most schools, even the best ones, don’t do an adequate job of…

11/5/17 – Update #4: Mr. Croft


On Friday, Cristina and I had the opportunity to sit down with and learn from Mr. Hal Croft, my inspirational high school English teacher and track coach, and the person for whom our school is named.  I chose to name the school after Mr. Croft primarily because…

10/26/17 – Update #3: Let’s Play!


Our Founding Teacher Cristina and I believe deeply in the power and importance of play in the lives, and schooling, of young children.  We believe that child-led play can reveal passions, promote creativity and problem-solving, and…

10/18/17 – Update #2: Launching Admissions


It has been such a pleasure to be able to meet with so many East Side families over the last several months.  Cristina, Joe, and I have felt welcomed and “at home” sitting with you at coffee shop tables and in your living rooms.  We’re grateful for…

10/11/17 – Update #1: Introducing The Croft School


As I indicated in my email last week, I am thrilled to share the news that The Croft School will open in the East Side of Providence next fall.  We will enroll…