Welcome from the Head of School
Welcome to Turning Point School! Since 1970, Turning Point has been graduating students who are confident in their abilities, masterful in their achievements, and empathic in their view of the world. I hope you will come to campus to meet our remarkable students, observe the teachers and staff who lead and support them, and learn about our mission and program.
Brain research shows that early childhood years and preteen years are the two most critical periods of cognitive, emotional, and social growth. At Turning Point, we thoughtfully and purposely construct a path for students to bridge these stages effectively and successfully—in the classrooms, on the playing fields, and in our various creative spaces. Our methods are research-based, our approach is systematic, and our outcomes are carefully measured.
We know that students thrive in a safe and inclusive environment, where they feel empowered to take risks and fully explore their capacity for learning and growth. Turning Point teachers design curriculum and develop routines that allow students to focus effectively on our exceptional academic program. Students learn to work independently and autonomously, and also develop respectful habits of collaboration. They are encouraged to think creatively rather than memorize formulas, and to apply what they know across different subject areas to connect knowledge to their own lives.
While we cannot predict what skills and knowledge will be most valuable in the future—even in a few years—we know with certainty that our students must possess diverse talents and interests, be able to work productively with peers from different backgrounds, and develop the strength of character needed to become leaders. By the time our middle school students are ready to graduate from 8th grade and make their mark on the world, they are well prepared to enter even the most challenging high school environments.
In 2015, Turning Point School earned its International Certification from the Council of International Schools. We are only the third school in the United States and one of nine schools in five countries to earn this honor. Our students will inherit an increasingly interconnected world, where opportunities are laced with challenges and uncertainties. Our emphasis on global citizenship—which is integrated into all areas of learning from Primary (preschool) to Level 8—enables students to understand themselves as members of a larger society in which borders are shifting, and multiple perspectives must be truly understood, respected, and celebrated.
While Turning Point continues to evolve after almost 50 years of excellence, the core beliefs at our roots remain the same. We are honored and privileged to help prepare children for their life journey; they follow a path well-traveled by our graduates, who are profoundly contributing to society through their varied careers, interests, and philanthropic actions. It is a path we would be honored to share with you.
I look forward to meeting you and your child.
Dr. Laura Konigsberg
Head of School