Every student gets a front row seat, each voice is heard.
Instead of sitting at rows of desks facing a blackboard, Pacific Ridge students sit with their teacher around a large, oval table, called a Harkness table. Because of this arrangement, the exchange of information during a lesson differs from that in a traditional classroom. Students listen, ask questions, and learn from the teacher and from each other. The Harkness teaching method fosters the development of critical thinking skills and provides a supportive academic forum in which students can express their ideas.