Preschool
Our Prekindergarten program is built on a foundation of curriculum that is mindful of developmental levels of four- and five-year-old children. Using a thematic approach, students are presented with challenging and creative activities that help reinforce skills and promote active learning.
Language Arts
  • Develop phonemic awareness moving towards phonics 
  • Begin building a sight word vocabulary 
  • Exposure to wide range of literature to introduce listening, retelling and comprehension skills 
  • Handwriting Without Tears program
  • Introduction to journaling 
Math
  • Introduce and begin to develop a strong number sense using various strategies including Singapore Math and hands-on learning 
  • Explore problem-solving skills and strategies in class and math lab
  • Other content: patterning, sorting, classifying, measurement, geometry, time
Thematic Units
  • Academic, motor and social skills are taught through student inspired and teacher-created themes
  • Skills spiral throughout the year, meaning they are introduced, practiced, reinforced and revisited
  • Examples include Sea Turtles, Dinosaurs, Fairy Tales
Character Education
  • Integrated through all aspects of the curriculum using literature, discussion and activities
  • Beanie Babies character program (Patience Panda, Honesty Ostrich, etc.)
Specials
  • Music
  • PE/Recess
  • Spanish
  • Math Lab
  • Technology (SMARTboards, SMARTtable, computers and ipads used as learning tools)
Service Learning
  • Food Drive
Signature Experiences
  • Coverdale Farm
  • Winterthur
  • Brandywine Zoo
  • Musicals
  • Grandparents' and Friends' Day
Length of School Day 
Families are given the option of enrolling their children in a full- or half-day program, both of which include lunch. The day begins at 8 a.m. with a 12:30 p.m. dismissal for half-day students and a 2:30 p.m. dismissal for full-day students. For students needing further care, our After School Program is available until 6 p.m.

Math Lab

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.