Mission, Vision and Core Values


The Gardner School inspires students to actively seek knowledge and understanding, think independently, reason critically, and embrace challenge. Teaching to the uniqueness of each individual, we focus on the process of learning and value the exchange of ideas through collaborative work, inspiring all learners to reach their highest potential. While building knowledge of self and an awareness of our connection to others, we develop responsibility for ourselves, our community, the earth and humanity.


To be the premier progressive independent school serving a diverse community from Southwest Washington and Portland. Cultivating life-long learners whose foundational critical thinking and problem solving facility positions them to meet the challenges of the future, the school will be an inspirational educational resource.

Core Values:

Teaching (ethos of the school)
Each child is held as capable, and empowered as an individual.
The focus is on teaching the whole child with a balance on meeting individual needs and developing collaborative skills.

Educational Outcomes
The goal is a lifelong learner with a love for learning as a process equal to the acquisition of skills and specific knowledge, imagining learning as a joyful pursuit that develops a depth of knowledge and critical, independent thinking.

Environment of the School
The emphasis is on building a nurturing community where individuals encourage and support one another, and where respect is given freely to all members.

The school is a diverse learning community of authentic relationships where there is an understanding of the impact of one’s actions on the community, on the environment, and on the self.

Excellence in Education Practice
The school program is rooted in progressive education where current research is valued as a source for program development.  Curriculum is designed and fashioned to remain developmentally appropriate.

Upcoming Events



Board Meeting

6.30pm Read More



Jump Rope for Heart

12:45-1:45 Read More




8-12 Read More

Mark’s Newsletter

May 1, 2015


PTO Minutes

Mar. 2015



May 2015 Calendar


Impt. Events 14/15


Key Dates 15/16