The Plato Way

Plato Academy, founded in 1952, is an independent school that actively engages children in their own learning and is responsive to every child’s developmental needs. Plato is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), meaning the school’s educational program has been approved by ISBE. 

The philosophy at Plato Academy stems from the belief that children gain a more thorough understanding of a subject if they experience it holistically. Service learning lies at the core, providing a springboard for knowledge and skill acquisition for even the youngest of children.

Plato, the great philosopher, saw education as a life-long learning process, a vigorous and constant search for truth in a free democratic environment. Plato Academy embraces this idea, striving to provide children with a solid foundation for excellence through learning, development of the creative personality in each one of them, and especially the development of critical thinking.

(from the Progressive Education Network website)

  • Education must prepare students for active participation in a democratic society.
  • Education must focus on students’ social, emotional, academic, cognitive and physical development.
  • Education must nurture and support students’ natural curiosity and innate desire to learn. Education must foster internal motivation in students.
  • Education must be responsive to the developmental needs of students.
  • Education must foster respectful relationships between teachers and students.
  • Education must encourage the active participation of students in their learning, which arises from previous experience.
  • Progressive educators must play an active role in guiding the educational vision of our society.

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Plato Academy values diversity and seeks students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds. All employment and admission decisions are made without regard to unlawful considerations of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law.