Rectory students engage in their learning because faculty intentionally create meaningful real-life experiences that connect lessons to the world around them. The curriculum is designed by teachers to incorporate all national and Connecticut state standards but is child-centered and child-directed. Relevance, meaning, and interest emerge from the learner. Our teachers acknowledge the central role of the child and structure educational experiences that foster personal connections. Learning is a process that is wholly integrated into a child’s interpersonal relationships with classmates, teachers, and the campus community.
Everyone has a story, and at Rectory we want our students to know that they are appreciated just the way they are for their uniqueness. In the elementary school, we start each day with a morning meeting which includes "What is Your Story?" We encourage our children to share memories, feelings, and experiences that are important to them in a safe place so that we can understand and support each other.