Curriculum

The School Program
Our curriculum represents continuous growth from Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Each child's growth and progress is carefully overseen as it develops in a unified coordinated course of study. Individual adaptations of materials, texts and course content are made in all curriculum areas to meet every child's academic needs. The mastery of basic skills is considered essential to the development of every one of the students under our care.

The Early School
The Pre-kindergarten class is housed in a spacious, attractive building at the north end of the campus, where they enjoy their own playground. An introduction to school life becomes a natural, pleasant process as each child experiments with a variety of creative materials, learns to cooperate with a group, and shares experiences in music, stories, and supervised outdoor play with friends.
The kindergarten program is planned to teach the child to live and get along with other children. The activities give the children opportunities to be expressive in many ways; to develop caring ways, habits of respect, self-confidence, responsibility, independence and cooperation. Reading readiness, writing, spelling and early mathematics are introduced with careful instruction.

The Elementary School
Grade levels, first through eighth, are maintained in the elementary school. Curriculum areas in these classes are grouped under the following content sections.

Reading
Reading is considered the paramount skill to be acquired in the elementary school. A great deal of time and energy is put into helping each child master the series of skills which are a part of the beginning reading process. Instruction begins in Kindergarten and is intensive through the second and third grades. A reading tutor is available to aid individuals who require this, and evaluate progress and problems. Proficiency in skill acquisition is accomplished early in our program and has proved superior in standardized tests.

Language Arts
One of the most basic skills the child must master is the ability to communicate clearly in both spoken and written language. From the simplest sharing of thoughts at the four-year old level to a competent written expression in the upper grades, precision and exactness are stressed. A thorough study of phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary is mandatory. Practice in spelling, language usage, and word building is carried on through the entire program of study. The child is trained to speak and write with assurance and clarity. Creative expression is encouraged from the earliest age throughout the school years.

Mathematics
Many concepts and processes in the area of mathematics, which have previously been considered too difficult for children of elementary school age, have been successfully introduced to Kindergarten and First grade. The children work with number lines, frames, sets and geometric concepts. From basic arithmetic concepts the curriculum broadens in the upper grades to include pre-algebra, algebra and geometry.

Spanish
Our Spanish program begins at the Pre-kindergarten level and continues through to eighth grade. In the early years, our students learn conversational Spanish through story-telling, song, and games. Conversation continues to be stressed throughout the grades, but increasingly more emphasis is placed on reading and writing Spanish as our students move through the school.

French
Our French program begins at the Pre-kindergarten grade level, where the child learns conversational French. As the child proceeds through the grades, conversation continues to be stressed, but, increasingly more emphasis is placed on reading and writing French.

Latin
An introduction to Latin, as a classical language, is given in fifth and sixth grades. Seventh and eighth grades may take first year high school Latin, which emphasizes grammatical constructions and classical history.

Science
The children are encouraged to explore ideas and concepts in natural and theoretical science and to share their findings with the class. General information and facts are stressed with emphasis placed on ideas within the child's grasp. The humane, beneficial use of science is given priority.

Social Studies
Social and historical awareness gradually widens for the elementary school age child. Students begin by understanding their immediate surroundings and expanding these precepts and concepts to larger applications. World history, geographic relationships and economic problems are basic subject matter concerns. Peaceful solutions to world conflicts are studied and given strong credence. Much time is put into searching for ways to increase personal social effectiveness and cooperation with peers.

Computers
The school is equipped with a laboratory furnished with twenty-four multi-media computers. Instruction on computers begins in the kindergarten class and continues through each grade level in the school. The emphasis is upon sophisticated word processing, information retrieval, and usage of multiple computer programs. Our computer studies curriculum builds upon themes being worked on in different years. Multiple projects are completed in the computer laboratory that bring these themes to life in new and different ways. Levels of computer proficiency are established in each grade.

The Arts
The children are encouraged to use their imagination in the creative arts. The various media are used and the children are guided in the implementation of the materials and the design of the finished product. All the children are exposed to the interrelationships among all the art forms. Drama, music and the arts are combined with the children producing the finished art form. Group ventures in singing and acting are an integral part of the arts curriculum.

Physical Education
There is a varied program under the supervision of a physical education teacher. In the fall, the older children play hockey and soccer, while the younger ones participate in games which develop a wide variety of skills. The winter brings a combination of indoor and outdoor activities along with an annual physical fitness test. Gymnastics is a major winter activity at all grade levels. A comprehensive curriculum of health and substance abuse issues is included in physical education.

Library
The library is a basic resource to the entire curriculum. Its collection contributes to personal enrichment, and attempts to answer individual needs and interests. Children find it a place of enrichment, recreation, and information. Our librarian assists in the use of the facility and the library is a valuable resource for students and parents seeking good literature or to research a topic for an assignment.
The library is part of a state wide interlibrary loan system funded by the New Jersey State Library. There are over 500 libraries participating in the system with over four million library holdings in the catalog.