Character & Confidence

The Responsive Classroom

The Responsive Classroom emphasizes the positive relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning in creating a joyful, classroom community where students can do their best learning.

The Responsive Classroom’s core belief is, “In order to be successful in and out of school, students need to learn a set of social and emotional competencies: cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy and self-control; and a set of academic competencies: academic mindset, perseverance, learning strategies and academic behaviors.”

At every grade, Tower students benefit from the evidence-based Responsive Classroom approach.


Our three children graduated from Tower with the foundation, the habits, the academic skills, the personal ethics, the care for one’s fellow man that was and is today a critical part of their education, a part of who they are. Tower’s teachers gave them that start. Leeli and I will always be grateful!

-JIM BONNEY, FORMER PARENT AND HEAD OF SCHOOL FROM 1985-2000

The Tower Code

All members of the Tower community learn and work together under the Tower Code:

  1. Respect all people: teachers, students, staff, parents, visitors, and others.
  2. Respect the rights of students to learn and teachers to teach.
  3. Be kind and helpful. Include others.
  4. Be honest with yourself and others.
  5. Respect school and personal property, and help keep Tower clean.