All academic subjects (mathematics, literacy, social studies, and science) are taught in a self-contained home base. Students in first through fifth grades receive two 40-minute instructional periods each week in visual art, music, and Spanish, and three periods of physical education. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students receive two periods of visual art, Spanish, and physical education, one period of music, and take part in movement and mindfulness classes. All students in pre-kindergarten through grade two visit the Early Learning library once a week.
A variety of learning integrators work with the students. Environmental education facilitators lead nature walks, help students with the school vegetable garden, and instill an appreciation for taking care of the earth. Interdisciplinary integrators and technology integrators work alongside classroom teachers to incorporate technology, digital literacy, and maker projects into lessons. Drama teachers work alongside home-base teachers, using drama as a way of reinforcing learning.
The Curriculum: Challenging Academics, Social and Emotional Learning
Dr. James Duval, head of the Lower School, explains that the curriculum encourages curiosity, understanding, and respect.
Lower School Curriculum
We invite you to explore our Lower School Curriculum in its entirety here or by visiting the more detailed pages about each grade level and our "specials" classes.