Progressive Education at Cold Spring
We believe that children learn best through active, experiential learning – a philosophy influenced by the ideas of educational theorist John Dewey and the Progressive Movement at the turn of the century and underscored by research.
We encourage children to be fully involved in the exploration of questions, ideas, and concepts. With an emphasis on inquiry, deep thinking, and problem solving, children have multiple opportunities to explore and demonstrate understanding of concepts, both independently and collaboratively, in our classrooms. Informed by child development, we consider how a child grows intellectually, emotionally, socially, physically,
ethically, and creatively. Cold Spring educators respond to the needs of the whole child, understanding that children’s emotional lives are inseparable from their learning. We foster a lifelong love of learning and emphasize empathy, respect, and compassion so that children can act now, and in the future, as engaged community members and citizens of the world.
Cold Spring School at a Glance
New Haven, CT
2 full-time teachers
in every classroom
A progressive, independent
142 students in Preschool
44% of the
Tinkering, Spanish, Fitness,
Music, & Art
Here’s what’s coming up at Cold Spring School
Sixth Grade at Camp Hazen
Veterans Day Observed
Book Fair Family Night
@ Barnes & Noble
Our Commitment to Inclusion
Diversity is at the core of Cold Spring School’s values, educational philosophy, and mission. With families from across the city, surrounding towns, and around the globe, we are committed to fostering a more interwoven, equitable, and peaceful world by teaching, modeling, and acting with openness, curiosity, reflection, and justice.
"I continue to be delighted by Cold Spring School. It is wonderful to be part of an intentionally inclusive community that conceives of childhood as the perfect time to ask and seek answers to BIG questions."