About High Meadows

History

You could say that High Meadows began on an afternoon hike with friends—so appropriate for the High Meadows of today, 40 years later. The founders, Jody Holden, Bill Crawford, Jay Dickerson, and Michael Drake, really did conceive the idea while exploring the land that is now the present site of the School. At that time, the property was part of the former residence of Mr. and Mrs. Nat Franklin. In honor of the property’s 40 sprawling acres and high elevation, they named it High Meadows.

The School began by offering early education and camp programs for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds. In the fall of 1973, High Meadows opened for its first classes for preschoolers between the ages of 3 and 5. By popular demand, additional grades were added soon afterwards. In 1974, the first primary class of kindergarten, first- and second-graders was created. Then in 1975, the first elementary class of third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders was established. The Middle Years program for students in grades six, seven, and eight began in 1992.

The Founders inspired a set of beliefs about children which formed the basis for our current educational philosophies. These beliefs include:

  • Childhood is a distinct stage of life marked by a compelling drive to learn and meet with success, as well as by the need to engage with the world through discovery and play.
  • Children deserve understanding, respect, and recognition by adults for their accomplishments.
  • Children learn and mature differently and at different paces; the growth of the individual child is enhanced through the intentional blending of developmental stages within a classroom.
  • When children are allowed to discover the inherent value of their pursuits, they are encouraged to become intrinsically motivated, to take ownership of their learning, and to discover the joy of it.
  • Learning about and engaging with the environment encourages children to appreciate and responsibly inhabit the earth.
  • The broad-based participation and support of families is essential to our children’s education and broader School community.
  • Striving to understand, respect, and appreciate the differences among us strengthens our unique community and prepares individuals to succeed as contributing members of a global society.

Over the years, High Meadows School has continued to grow, building upon its foundation of progressive principles, while growing enrollment and recognition. New buildings, classrooms, and grade levels were added and, in 1993, the School celebrated its first graduating Eighth-Grade class.

Today, High Meadows is highly respected and consistently recognized for best practices, innovation, and excellence by major educational organizations, including the International Baccalaureate Organization and the Southern Association of Independent Schools. Engagement with our global society and the natural world are hallmarks of High Meadows—from our diverse School community, to our extensive, long-standing, environmental studies program, to our globally-focused curriculum. In short, High Meadows is what school should be.

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"Our goal was to encourage creativity and autonomy so that children could use their own decision making skills in a safe, enriching environment. And we wanted them to connect with the beautiful world around them. A love of learning is innate—and so, we worked to nurture that in our children.”
  —Jody Holden, founder

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