Academics Overview

Preschool

Tower Tots
  • Age 3 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers
  • School day is 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (5 half-day program); 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (5 full-day program)
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library
  • Classroom Enrichments: Feltboard Friday
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
  • Age 4 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers; two lead teachers in each classroom
  • School day is 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (5 half-day program); 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m. (5 full-day program)
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Library, Cooking
  • Classroom Enrichments: Page Turners
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
  • Age 5 by September 1
  • Class size follows NAEYC guidelines for student:teachers; two lead teachers in each classroom
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Core curriculum – Literacy*, Mathematics*, Science, Social Studies, Art. Technology, Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum.
  • Specialized instruction - Physical Education, Music, Spanish, Drama, Library, Cooking
  • Classroom Enrichments: Muscle Movement, Listening to Literature
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
* In addition to being covered in the classroom, these core curriculum subjects have added enrichment provided by a specialist teacher.

Lower School

  • Grades 1 - 4
  • Class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 2:50 p.m.
  • Core Curriculum – Reading*, Language Arts, Mathematics*, Social Studies. Character Education and Service Learning are integrated into the core curriculum
  • Specialized instruction - Science, Spanish, Visual Arts, Music, Technology, Library, Physical Education, Woodworking (Grade 3), Writer's Workshop, Chorus (Grades 3, 4), Band (optional for Grade 4)
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m.
  • Optional Enrichment Programs are scheduled after school and are open to all students
* In addition to being covered in the classroom, these core curriculum subjects have added enrichment provided by a specialist teacher.

Middle School

Middle School
  • Grades 5 – 8; class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.; Grades 7 & 8 athletics until 3:45 p.m.
  • Schedule: 8-day cycle with rotating times for classes 
  • Curriculum - English, Reading, Mathematics, History, Science, Language (Latin, French, Mandarin, or Spanish) Music, Art, Library, Computer And Physical Education. Drama, character education and service learning is incorporated into the academic curriculum
  • Full advisory program for the students
  • Independent Enrichment Activities (I.D.E.A.) - club program for all students 
  • Interscholastic sports for Grades 7 & 8
  • Optional After School Program until 6 p.m. for Grades 5 & 6
  • Optional Enrichment Programs after school open to all students in Grades 5 & 6
  • Optional Homework Club after sports every day for students in Grades 7 & 8

Upper School

  • Grades 9 – 12; class sizes follow NAIS guidelines for student:teacher ratios
  • School day is 8:30 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.; athletics begin at 3:30 p.m.
  • Schedule: 8-day cycle with rotating times for classes and extended periods for labs and innovative learning experiences
  • Advanced Courses offer preparation for AP exams in Biology, Calculus (AB, BC), Chemistry, French, History, Latin (Literature, Vergil), Music Theory, Physics, and Spanish
  • Student advisory system in addition to an extensive club and activity program
  • Required interscholastic athletic program