“Foundations of Learning”
The Elementary years build the foundation for deeper learning in all areas, specifically reading and math. Students strengthen their independent learning and start to learn to work collaboratively in groups. It is where practices of learning and skills take hold, and where students are fostered and challenged to maintain their curiosity and creativity while developing their further self-confidence, problem solving skills, and critical thinking skills.
Daily programs include “core subjects” such as language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies, but also specialist classes like Thai, Chinese, art, physical education, health, music, and ICT. Using inquiry based learning methods in class, students learn to analyze and question across subject areas, and learn to express themselves in writing, presentations, and discussions. During these years they come to understand where they are in their learning journey, what their learning targets are, and what it will take for them to reach the next steps.
Experiential learning outside the classroom, through field trips, camps, and community service, inspires students and enriches the curriculum.
Elementary Daily Schedule
A block schedule is used to accommodate activities based learning, small group instruction, and centers, as well as the Lucy Calkins instructional methods in the Readers and Writers program.