Our Schools & Faculty
Upper Primary School
Our Upper Primary classrooms afford our growing learners the opportunity to venture into more advanced topics with the constant and loving support of adults who know each child as an individual. Classrooms are designed to maximize the learning process for young adolescents with high expectations and a relaxed, fun atmosphere.
Students at these levels enjoy:
Language Arts for two hours per day. The Language Arts program of the Upper Primary School creates individuals who are able to confidently and competently evaluate literature, synthesize knowledge acquired through reading, and communicate original ideas in writing. Discussion groups occur frequently to allow students the opportunity to cultivate discussion skills and enjoy the exchange of ideas that occurs in a community of learners.
Math for one and a half hours per day. Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach provides a rich and exciting base for our Upper Primary mathematics program. 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.
History and Geography for thirty minutes per day. History comes alive as students actively investigate and evaluate the world from a historical perspective. As students prepare speeches, presentations, and plays they gain valuable research skills and utilize technology as a communication medium. American History, World History, as well as Ancient Civilizations are all explored at these levels.
Science for forty-five 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 and search for answers to authentic scientific problems. Students utilize the latest technology to explore the scientific world and communicate their ideas.
Foreign Language four days per week for thirty minutes each day. Our Spanish instructor makes Spanish a treasured and valuable time for 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. Reading and writing in Spanish are expected skills at this 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 physically 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 a week for thirty minutes per day. Our performing arts instructors open exciting opportunities for learners as they share their own 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. 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.
Art for one and a half hours 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 artist's work. Using this discussion as a springboard, they use the elements of art to express their own ideas using a variety of media.