Lower School

Lower School Curriculum

The Lower School curriculum encompasses the core subjects of language arts, social studies, science and math as well as art, technology, music, Spanish, woodshop and more for a well-rounded liberal arts education. The following explain the curriculum by grade:

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    First grade is an exciting year. We believe each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, engaging, caring, and stimulating environment in which to grow. The curriculum focuses on helping the students develop emotionally, cognitively, socially, and physically. The first grade teachers strive to support students in reaching their fullest potential in these areas. Throughout the day students are actively engaged in learning experiences which enhance self-esteem, value cultural diversity, and foster individual talents.
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    The development of independence in each student is a yearlong goal of the second grade. Children are encouraged to assume increasing personal responsibility for their assignments and their materials, as well as for their words and actions. We believe that learning is social, and our approach includes whole and small group instruction as well as cooperative learning experiences. By providing experiences and feedback that help students learn socially and academically, the Second Grade program aims for students to become self-advocates, critical thinkers and problem solvers as well as feel confident in the skills they need to meet life’s challenges.
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    Third grade provides a supportive and stimulating environment in which students can strengthen and develop both their academic and social skills. Third grade offers a wide range of activities and experiences that foster independence, and fortify and build upon the foundation of knowledge that students have acquired thus far in Lower School. Embedded within the third grade language arts, math, social studies, and character education programs is a core skill set that aids students in their ability to think, listen, problem solve, and effectively communicate with the world around them.
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    Fourth grade provides a safe and nurturing environment to facilitate learning and personal growth. The last year of Lower School is a journey toward independence and responsibility for each student both as a learner and as a member of our community. Hands-on experience, practice and reinforcement of skills, and enrichment opportunities provide a well-rounded curriculum appropriate for students of this age.
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Math Lab and STEM

Our Math Lab provides developmentally appropriate instruction for each Lower School student. In a dynamic and supportive environment, students explore mathematical concepts by using a variety of manipulative materials. They are encouraged to think of multiple solutions to ensure deeper understanding and cultivate curiosity.

The Math Lab and classroom teachers partner to provide STEM education, which refers to the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. STEAM education incorporates the “A” for the arts – recognizing that to be successful in technical fields, individuals must also be creative and use critical thinking skills that are best developed through the arts. STEAM learning takes place both in the homeroom and during special subjects.