Message from the Head of School

Message from Elaine Christensen

It is my pleasure to welcome you to Open Window School, a kindergarten through eighth grade independent school dedicated to nurturing and inspiring students of high intellectual potential. While many schools have intellectually gifted students and programs, Open Window is a truly unique learning environment in which every aspect of the school has been specifically designed for gifted learners in line with our five core values. We believe our students are children first, gifted second. For more than thirty-five years, our balanced focus on meeting the academic and social and emotional needs of gifted learners has created an environment that allows each student to thrive and realize their potential.

Open Window’s students are enthusiastically engaged in their learning, supported by well-trained and caring teachers who work in partnership with parents to ensure the very best opportunities for every child. The Open Window community embraces both our common focus on gifted children and the diverse range of unique cultural, religious, and experiential experiences of our families.
Some may question why gifted students need their own distinct academic program. My own experience raising two gifted students and working in schools which serve this population has led me to understand that these students thrive when given a faster pace, deeper and more complex content, teachers that "get" them, and a peer group that shares their passion for learning. Without this, many gifted children never reach their true potential. Whether in our lower or middle school, Open Window students are immersed in authentic, real world problem solving, enhanced because they are surrounded by a community of gifted learners where it is cool to be smart. As the News section of this website indicates; Open Window students have the opportunity to do amazing things!

This year, the pandemic provides the school with a unique set of parameters which require us to be innovative and nimble. The clarity of our community’s commitment to the mission, our dedicated and talented leadership team, and our creative and committed faculty, enable us to offer a high quality, full service educational program whether we are in Distance Program Mode or Hybrid Program Mode. Social emotional learning continues to be a cornerstone of our K-8 program and is more important than ever given the pandemic. In addition to academics, students will have the opportunity to participate in enrichment activities such as art, chess, choir, coding and programming, debate, Spanish, Minecraft, robotics, service club, student council, and a host of online activities sponsored by our teachers. Our program offers high rigor and high support, whether online or in person.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Open Window. While no website can completely capture the dynamic environment that defines this unique school, I hope that your exploration will provide you a taste of our amazing OWS community.

Go Bobcats!

Elaine Christensen
Head of School
Open Window School provides a challenging academic curriculum blended with nurturing support from teachers that prepares students for long-term success.