Our Lower School curriculum prepares students kindergarten through sixth grade to become proficient at reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and allow them to build confidence as they learn important skills and logic. By teaching classes like math and science in a very hands-on environment, we establish comprehension and problem-solving abilities.
Lower School students participate in an annual Science Fair and take their first field trips through the Perspectives Travel Program. Each of these unique learning experiences enhances students’ understanding of the world around them and helps them put their developing social skills into practice.
Our lower school educational experience applies a combination of self-discovery and guided practice in an enriching environment. The curriculum goes beyond state and national standards to ensure that all students are being challenged and given the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential.
Kindergarten is a stand-alone classroom focusing on exploration and discovery, and is designed to facilitate a smooth transition from the Reggio Emilia preschool to a traditional classroom setting. Play and the natural environment form the foundations of learning and social awareness, along with developmentally appropriate literacy and mathematical instruction.
First and second grade students learn in a multiage environment in which the students are grouped into “learning pods.” This approach provides children with the opportunity to lead as well as follow. The learning pod approach allows for cognitive, social, and emotional learning. The student’s natural curiosity is nurtured and their passion to know “why” encouraged. Students learn through individualized work activities designed to address a specific skill, topic, or theme. Literacy instruction incorporates guided reading, vocabulary, spelling, sequencing, grammar, listening, reading strategies, technology,
This last year of lower elementary allows students to take more individual responsibility for their learning while still being in a self-contained classroom. This year serves as the bridge to the academically-organized upper elementary.
Upper elementary students practice the skills of self-reliance and independence while remaining in a nurturing elementary environment. The coursework is divided between three core classrooms: English/Language Arts, Math and Science/Social Studies.. Sixth grade will have the opportunity to join Middle School for electives and extracurricular programs as they look ahead to their next step. Both upper and lower elementary also participate in drama, music, art, PE and Spanish.