Welcome to The Healdsburg School. THS was founded by Sandi Passalacqua who believed our area’s children and families craved an educational environment grounded in the constructivist philosophy (Constructing meaning and knowledge through authentic learning experiences). Opening in 2007 with just 16 students, Sandi was proven right as the school grew quickly and now enrolls 200 students.
The Healdsburg School is committed to inspiring compassionate leaders through rigorous academics, global perspectives, relevant service, and awareness of self, others, and community. THS educators work collaboratively with students and colleagues to design units of inquiry that capture the natural curiosity with which children are born and ignite a passion for life-long learning.
Our K-5 program is authorized as a World School through the International Baccalaureate Programme, demonstrating our commitment to a student-centered, transdisciplinary approach. In our 6-8 program, students build on the attributes and essential skills learned in the IB programme as they engage in our project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum. Throughout the grades, the academic program is integrated with the arts to ensure students harness their innate creativity to make their thinking visible and to express their voice in a variety of ways.
Physical development and the power of play are vital aspects of the THS experience. Physical education classes ensure students cultivate the athletic skills and sense of fair play that lead to a long-term healthy lifestyle. In addition, children play on campus throughout the day: whether waiting for the school day to begin, enjoying lunch recess, or building community within the classroom, THS students of varied ages play together and generate a symphony of laughter.
The Healdsburg School is so much more than the sum of its parts. We offer a variety of place-based and service-learning opportunities, so our students are prepared for the complexity of the world they will inherit. THS is a small school with a big heart, and we invite you to come to campus to see the incredible work of students; to feel the connection among students and faculty and the entire community, and to experience the value of a school where students are known, and learning is personalized.
I feel humbled and honored to lead The Healdsburg School as its third Head of School. I hope you come to campus to see for yourself how THS may fit your vision for your child’s education.