Our Schools & Faculty
Lower Primary School
Our Lower Primary School classrooms hum with activity as students engage in learning. Each of these classrooms is led by two full-time teachers who differentiate instruction to meet learners where they are and inspire them to reach their fullest potential.
Students at these levels enjoy:
Language Arts for two hours per day. Our Language Arts program utilizes authentic experiences to create learners who view themselves as authors and critical readers. Students are given a myriad of opportunities to read and write for authentic purposes. They are asked to explore and elaborate on a daily basis thereby enhancing their understanding of how language works and the limitless possibilities for these subjects as mediums of communication.
Math for one and a half hours per day. Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach provides a rich and exciting base for our young mathematicians. Each classroom has two math levels - Advanced Math for students working at least one full grade level ahead and Accelerated Math for students who are working primarily at grade level, with extensions and enrichment to continue to challenge and encourage their mathematical growth. In addition, all children participate in Math Enrichment - a program designed to further foster each student’s problem solving and critical thinking skills resulting in confidence in the language and world of mathematics.
History and Geography for thirty minutes per day. History and Geography come alive as our students use critical thinking to creatively explore these topics. Whether it is a virtual cross country trip to explore the landforms of the U.S. in our Primary A classroom, creating a puppet show to explain how a bill becomes a law in our PB classroom, or our PC students debating the rights and responsibilities of citizens, you can see these fascinating topics come alive as young learners are given the opportunity to delve into them in meaningful ways.
Science for thirty minutes per day. A peek into our Primary School science lab reveals students who have the confidence to hypothesize and test their thinking. Using a lab-based approach, our science specialists inspire our students to use the knowledge they acquire to solve problems that are valid and applicable to their lives.
Foreign Language four days per week for thirty minutes each day. Our Spanish instructor makes Spanish a treasured and valuable time for young learners. Using the TPRS approach, the teacher completely immerses and engages students in the study of the Spanish language. This program lends itself to the variety of language learners in each classroom - whether it is a student just beginning to learn Spanish or a native speaker, they are all challenged at their specific level.
Either in our gymnasium, our outdoor facilities, or at a local park, students enjoy thirty minutes of Physical Education each day. Our instructors teach students that being pyhsically active is an enjoyable experience as they expose children to a wide range of games, activities, and sports. From archery to lacrosse, students have fun as they learn the fundamentals, history, rules and regulations. Nutrition and physiology are also explored as students learn about living healthy and active lifestyles.
Performing Arts four days per week for thirty minutes per day. Our performing arts instructors open exciting opportunities for young learners as they share their love of music. Students view themselves as musicians as they learn to play Orff instruments, percussion instruments, and the uklele, to name a few. This view is further fostered as they learn to use their voices as a means of expression through song and drama. Music theory and history are also brought to life as students examine exciting theme-based units such as American Roots and Blues, Classical Composers or Broadway Musicals.
Fine Arts for an hour and a half once a week. “Everyone is an artist” is the mantra of our art specialist, Ella Brown Dunn. An accomplished artist herself, she thrives on bringing out the innate artist in every child. As children learn about the lives of professional artists, they also discuss what the artist was trying to express and are given the freedom to decide what they think of the artists' work. Using this discussion as a springboard, they use the elements of art to express their own ideas using a variety of media.