The Peregrine Project


The mission of The Peregrine Project is to create lifelong learners who reach their full potential as contributors to the global community.

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Address:2650 Lillard Drive
Davis, CA 95618
County or Parish:Yolo County
Primary NTEE:Education 
Sub NTEE:Preschools 
Executive Director:Su-Fei Kuok
Contact Email:info.peregrineschool@gmail.com
Primary Phone:530-753-5500
Website:http://peregrineschool.org/
The Peregrine Project was founded in 2007 by Lorie Hammond, a professor of education who spent thirty years in public schools doing innovative projects, and Elena Whitcombe, a family physician interested in health education and environmental stewardship. The Peregrine Project is an umbrella organization comprised of three programs: Peregrine School, Peregrine International, and Peregrine Center. Peregrine School is a non-profit independent school in the progressive tradition of education, serving children from eighteen months to sixth grade. Peregrine International focuses on local and international service learning. Peregrine Center serves as a community hub for the integration of education and wellness (e.g. cultural events, citizen science). Lorie and Elena dream of a future populated by citizens who are intellectually nimble, in touch with their own passions, and with a deep desire to contribute to their own and the global community. The Peregrine Project's three branches work in concert to bring this vision to life.

The Peregrine School Early Childhood Center opened its doors with twenty-four children and grew rapidly to the limit of its early childhood center's capacity, with seventy children aged two through six enrolled. Peregrine Elementary School opened in 2012 and also quickly outgrew its site. In June 2014, Peregrine preschool and Peregrine Elementary School expanded into a 1.5 acre parcel to accommodate the community's need for more preschool spaces, allow the elementary school to continue to grow, and Peregrine Center to finally take flight. We now have two hundred students.
Peregrine School is seeking funds over and above its tuition income which is used to support the day-to-day operations of the school. Our current needs include:
- Financial Aid Fund: As the Peregrine community grows, so do the requests for financial aid. Diversity is an essential component of collaborative learning and being able to grant financial aid is key to increasing diversity in our highly enriched programs. Needs estimated at $250,000/year.
- Professional Development Fund: Teachers are the lifeblood of Peregrine School. This fund will enable Peregrine teachers to attend and present at conferences and workshops and to collaborate with teachers from other schools. A collaborative learning process is an integral part of The Peregrine Project. Needs estimated at $8,000/year.
- Urban Forest: We want to transform our concrete patio dining area into a living, breathing "Urban Forest" through a combination of trellises and shade trees dug into the concrete. Needs estimated at $20,000.
- Play Space and Teaching Tools Fund: Play space is a vital aspect of Peregrine's unique approach to teaching. Within our school environment, abundant teaching and learning tools complement the outdoor play spaces, making the children's environment a co-teacher. We are looking to update both our outdoor environment with a large edible garden, and our indoor tools with new computer elements for curriculum in the arts and sciences. Needs estimated at $15,000.
- Maintenance and Updates Fund: Several of Peregrine spaces are in need of updates. Some of our classrooms need new furniture, and our MPR needs new flooring for routine use and dance classes. Estimated Cost: $5,000.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Program - Financial Aid Fund: As the Peregrine community grows, so do the requests for financial aid. Diversity is an essential component of collaborative learning and being able to grant financial aid is key to increasing diversity in our highly enriched programs. Needs estimated at $250,000/year
  2. Funding: Program - Professional Development Fund: Teachers are the lifeblood of Peregrine School. This fund will enable Peregrine teachers to attend and present at conferences and workshops and to collaborate with teachers from other schools. A collaborative learning process is an integral part of The Peregrine Project. Needs estimated at $8,000/year.
  3. Space: Office or Other - Urban Forest: We want to transform our concrete patio dining area into a living, breathing "Urban Forest" through a combination of trellises and shade trees dug into the concrete. Needs estimated at $20,000.
  4. Funding: Program - Play Space and Teaching Tools Fund: Play space is a vital aspect of Peregrine's unique approach to teaching. Within our school environment, abundant teaching and learning tools complement the outdoor play spaces, making the children's environment a co-teacher. We are looking to update both our outdoor environment with a large edible garden, and our indoor tools with new computer elements for curriculum in the arts and sciences. Needs estimated at $15,000.
  5. Space: Office or Other - Maintenance and Updates Fund: Several of Peregrine spaces are in need of updates. Some of our classrooms need new furniture, and our MPR needs new flooring for routine use and dance classes. Estimated Cost: $5,000.
'Our underlying academic philosophy is that of the classical liberal arts education in which every person learns first and foremost how to learn, and beyond that, how to question what they are learning. Unlike traditional approaches to teaching, our teachers take the children's interests and work in partnership with them to expand, broaden and deepen those interests into learning projects. This takes the children on an educational journey traditionally thought impossible for the developmental stages. This type of collaborative learning process, which is inspired by Reggio Emilia style, is what we envision for programs across The Peregrine Project. We believe that this type of learning process can inspire people of all ages to be intentional lifelong learners and in turn, reach their full potential as global community contributors.'

Sincerely,
Lorie Hammond, Peregrine School Director