Mustard Seed is a school that others seek to emulate.
Guests, educators, investors, and idealists frequent the hallways, finding a successful model of urban education that brings renewal back to cities.
As a part of the Covenant College class Edu 296/396 May Practicum, college students, along with a professor, spend the month of May at Mustard Seed School. College students participate in a variety of classroom activities including daily seminars, a log, working with individuals and groups of students, teaching, and other classroom-related experiences.
“Covenant students have greatly benefited from Mustard Seed's learning environment. At Mustard Seed, students are treated as whole persons who are invited to explore God's creation with respect, awe, and wonder. Student delight rather than apathy is the norm at MSS.”
Dr. Steve Kaufmann, Professor of Education, Covenant College
“Mustard Seed School is one of those places that I did not believe could exist. In my education classes we always discussed what a “model” school would look like, but I always considered the perfect classroom to be idyllic and fictional. This viewpoint was pleasantly corrected at Mustard Seed.
"I was placed in Ms. Brasser’s first grade classroom where there were children from at least eight different nationalities and many different socioeconomic statuses. Ms. Brasser, like the other teachers at Mustard Seed, used a method of teaching called the responsive classroom. The students rarely sat at desks. Instead they sat on benches surrounding the teacher where most learning was done through discussion and hands on activities. Every minute was used for learning. Even simple tasks, like giving the students nametags for my first day, became both a math and spelling lesson. Mustard Seed students were responsibly involved in many aspects of their learning starting in kindergarten. I saw in my first graders more determination and motivation to learn and to be actively involved in their own learning than I had ever see in any of my peers.”
Aimee Horton, writing about her experience as an intern at Mustard Seed