Roots Elementary cultivates wonder into a lifetime of opportunity


Roots Elementary envisions a world where demography is not destiny – where all children, regardless of race or family income, have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. We believe great schools have the power to break the cycle of poverty and propel our country to live up to the promise of the American Dream.

Roots puts students at the center of their education. Students are not batched by age or random assignment to a classroom, but rather flexibly grouped and regrouped throughout the day so they are always challenged but never drowning. This increases the productivity of time spent at school and enables students to rapidly build foundational knowledge and skills, freeing them to think critically, engage in collaborative projects and become creators, not just consumers of their world.

Each student has a personal learning plan developed collaboratively with a Learning Coach at Roots. By the time a student graduates she will have years of experience setting her own goals and making decisions about how to spend her time and use her resources to achieve them. When combined with excellent core instruction, this prepares our graduates not only to succeed in college but also lead in the world beyond it.


At Roots, we live and breathe our GROW values. From our students to our team, these core values are evident in everything that we do and every decision that we make. Get to know our GROW values:

Grit Our work is fun, but it is also hard. We look every challenge square in the face and say, “bring it on!” We are not afraid to fail. When we do, we pick ourselves up. When others do, we extend a hand.
Relationships Roots is a school family. We respect our teachers, our classmates, our community and ourselves. We see strengths in all people first. We use our words to solve problems and always assume the best. Our kindness is contagious.
Ownership We take ownership over our words and actions. We are open and honest. We make plans for our plans. We freely admit mistakes and embrace difficult conversations. We deeply feel our shared responsibility for all our scholars.
Wonder Education done right begins and ends in wonder. We marvel at – and are humbled by – one another and the world around us. We are obsessed with questions – the questions we ask our scholars, ourselves, our teammates, and most importantly the questions we inspire our scholars to ask of us.