About The Elementary Learning Center

A Hands-On Learning Environment, Featuring the Environment

The Elementary Learning Center (ELC) is a unique school for children aged 3 to 10, founded by The Island School.

Founded in 2013, the ELC provides​ ​a​ stimulating,​ ​hands​-​on​ ​learning​ ​environment​ ​that​ ​encourages​ ​children​ ​to​ ​use​ ​their​ ​creativity, curiosity,​ ​and​ ​intellect​ ​to​ ​explore ​and​ ​think​ ​critically​ ​about​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​them.


Engaging Students Inside and Outside the Classroom

The Elementary Learning Center serves The Island School’s youngest learners in a multi-age classroom. The ELC uses a blend of the best evidence-based practices in early childhood education, while following the same educational principles as the overall organization — learning and growing in an environment that values hands-on, place-based education.

Through challenging learning activities both in and out of the classroom, students dive deeply — and enthusiastically! — into learning. With a strong emphasis on the natural environment, our classroom extends to the outdoors. Working with staff and educators at The Island School including researchers and engineers from Cape Eleuthera Institute, our students can regularly be found exploring our campus farm, wet lab, the surrounding mangroves and forests, or the blue-sea habitats of turtles, lobsters, and crabs.

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Learning, Growing, and Thriving Together

At the ELC, students from a wide range of ages come together to learn and grow. Older students become natural leaders, reading to the younger students, helping them through challenges, and holding their hands when they venture into the forest or to the beach. Younger students keep the older students rooted in the excitement and joy of new discoveries.

Ours is a caring, nurturing approach to an experiential education, where students develop respect by learning to care for themselves, each other, and the world around them.

The Island School
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All children are naturally curious about the world around them and learn best when they are part of an inclusive community where they feel valued, respected, challenged, and empowered. Our ELC staff is committed to nurturing the Island School’s youngest learners and utilizing our unique place-based approach to provide our students with opportunities for fun, authentic, and meaningful learning to take place.

Bonnie Drost

ELC Lead Teacher

Our two boys thrive at the ELC! They come home every day with a great passion for learning. I can’t imagine anything more valuable in education.

Jim

Current ELC parent

Our Parents as Partners

We at the ELC know that parents are the students first and most important educators, and so we believe that building a strong relationship with our families is key to our students’ educational success. We maintain an open-door policy with open lines of communication, and we invite all parents who have completed a background check to participate in field trips. We also strive to have multiple opportunities for parents to visit our campus for musical performances and demonstrations of learning throughout the year.

The Island School
Stories

Dad, can I go to school every day…weekends too?

Dawson

ELC student

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Meet Our Teachers and Staff

ELC teachers are caring, nurturing professionals who are dedicated to helping children to grow into confident, capable learners. Meet these outstanding educators and individuals.


OUR CAMPUS IS A NATURAL FOR EXPLORATION

We are fortunate to be located on The Island School’s resource-rich campus, allowing our students to interact with scientists, educators, and industry experts on a daily basis.


Learn More and Apply

Interested in learning more or enrolling your child at the Elementary Learning Center? Detailed information about Tuition, Financial Assistance, and Admission can be found on our admission section.