The Greta Berman Arbetter Kazoo School is a small school where every child is known, respected, and challenged to reach his or her potential. As Alfie Kohn wrote, a progressive school is a place where children are “taken seriously” – where children’s needs, interests, and developmental levels inform daily activities. At Kazoo School, students’ natural curiosity is nurtured, fostering a lifelong passion for learning.
Since we opened our doors in 1972, the teachers at Kazoo School have dedicated themselves to teaching the “whole child” – stimulating students’ intellectual, creative, and physical development, through active, hands-on activities. As our 8th grade students graduate and go on to high school, college, and adult life, they carry with them a spirit of inquiry, critical thinking skills, and a commitment to making the world a better place.
“Education is a journey, not a race.” – Rudolf Steiner
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” – John Dewey
These two quotes are my inspiration as an educator. I believe that all children need an educational space where they can feel ownership, have their thoughts heard, and their ideas respected. When you walk into a classroom, you will often see teachers actively listening to the students; writing observations; listening to the connections the children make; and documenting the important learning that is happening. Each child learns in his or her own way. The Kazoo School team feels it is our job to help each child be an intrinsically motivated learner, actively seeking knowledge. That, to us, is a Kazoo School kid. I am a Kazoo School kid. My brother entered Kazoo School halfway through his Kindergarten year – the year of my birth. My earliest memories are of the Kazoo School Community. My mother and stepfather met through Kazoo School. I have found in my life that all roads lead back, not to Rome, but to Kazoo School. Kazoo School is a wonderful place for families to grow and learn.
Head of School
Kazooo School is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), and we are proud members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS); The Education Records Bureau (ERB); and School and Student Services (SSS).