Shady Hill School wants children to be joyful, active learners who develop the intellectual discipline necessary to become contributing, ethical citizens. They believe in the primacy of exploration and discovery, they advance students’ mastery of skills, and they help students shape meaning from knowledge. The student board organizes projects ranging from Mardi Gras to advocating for gay rights in Arizona. A comprehensive service-learning program focuses on the immediate school community for the youngest children, and expands across borders for older students. Shady Hill also has a progressive teacher training program where 1,300 graduates bring a “Changemaker Ethos” to schools across the country.