Flourishing uniqueness at Four Winds

Published: 06-20-2023 10:17 PM

I feel compelled to share my family’s personal journey with you. After moving across the country during the height of the pandemic and facing a tumultuous couple of years in local schools, my family was in desperate need of a sanctuary for my child, who had already attended three different schools in as many years, including the pain of remotely learning in a new school in a new place.

We eventually found our way to Four Winds, a small, private progressive middle school nestled alongside the Connecticut River in Gill. This charming little schoolhouse has become a haven for children of all genders and backgrounds, offering a vital self-directed learning environment where unique individuals can truly thrive.

Four Winds embraces and celebrates individuality, fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and inclusivity. Students are encouraged to explore their passions and develop their identities without fear of judgment.

The school’s curriculum places a strong emphasis on self-directed learning, nurturing a love for knowledge and fostering essential skills such as critical thinking. Situated in Gill, not far from Barton Cove, the school’s idyllic location allows students to connect with nature and develop an understanding of environmental stewardship.

Four Winds is more than just a school; it acts as a lifeline for those who feel marginalized or different. It instills a sense of self-worth, resilience, and a genuine love for learning.

While I acknowledge the privilege of attending a private institution like Four Winds, I hold our time there in the highest regard. It is my sincere hope that Four Winds receives the recognition it deserves as a beacon of hope within our community and a safe haven for children in Franklin County. I also hold the dream that one day, every child will have the opportunity to experience the kind of transformative education that Four Winds provides.

Thank you for allowing me to share my heartfelt testimonial.

Andrew Duncan

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