Elementary School (1st - 4th)
Building on the Foundation
Students in grades one through four continue to develop academic and social skills. During these years, they begin more formal and rigorous academic instruction with concentrated study of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Faculty continually reinforces critical thinking skills and independent learning. Query, exploration, discovery and hands-on learning continue to be a key part of the academic atmosphere. Students are encouraged to become more independent critical thinkers so that they are ready to transition out of elementary school and into the middle school years. Certain themes and focus areas are present in each year within the lower school.
In first and second grade, the focus is placed on developing our children's sense of confidence as they begin to express themselves more clearly both verbally and in written formats. Throughout the year, our children have multiple opportunities to present their creative written work to their classmates to increase their confidence in speaking publicly.