Please share your mission.
Namaste Charter School aims to change the trajectory of underserved children’s lives using an innovative model that combines academic rigor with health and wellness and promotes lifelong success.
Describe how your organization lives/realizes its mission.
Namaste’s focus on healthy lifestyles is centered on the research-based premise that healthy, active children perform better in the classroom. The Healthy Lifestyles Program supports Namaste’s mission as it is designed to ensure children’s optimal academic and health outcomes. The components of the program are wholly aligned with the school’s three Healthy Lifestyle pillars: Movement; Nutrition, Health and Wellness; and Peaceful School Culture. These “pillars”, or core values, guide the school’s work and demonstrate its commitment to a holistic educational environment that serves to strengthen student’s health and provides rigorous academic instruction. Namaste staff are committed to executing each of the school’s guiding pillars both inside and outside the classroom. The Nutrition, Health, and Wellness pillar aims to create a learning environment that cultivates exercise, eating right, and taking care of mind as components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle for students, teachers, staff, and parents. The Movement pillar aims to create a learning environment that incorporates movement into academic instruction to stimulate an alert and active body and mind for students, teachers, staff, and parents. The Peaceful School Culture pillar aims to create a learning environment that builds students’ commitment to safety and respect through school-wide practices that include the “Peaceful People” conflict resolution program and the use of logical consequences across grade levels.