Children are born with an innate drive to learn, and we set out to provide an environment that promotes this philosophy through play, that values process over product, and that provides adults with whom they develop trusting, caring relationships.
Our work is guided by the principle that we are teaching students how to think rather than what to think. We focus on hands-on, inquiry-based learning, in which students are naturally engaged and work to create understandings for themselves.
The arts programs provide a rich and engaging curriculum that encourages students to challenge themselves—to look beyond their horizons, to develop new skills, to take risks, and to dream.
Our Kindergarten philosophy embodies a delight in learning. Children spend the day in small groups with teachers learning through explicit instruction and a hands-on approach.
Grade 3 students engage in learning, playing, and growing in a program designed to provide daily challenge, support, joy, and success. We place a particular emphasis on new growth in the areas of independence, confidence, critical thinking, and problem-solving.
The World Languages program introduces and improves upon students' speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in Spanish and Chinese. Through exposure to different cultures, students explore the similarities and differences with people across oceans, across borders, or even just across the room.
Understanding that our students learn best by doing, we provide children the skills, tools, materials, and attention they need to experience, explore, and experiment.
In the culmination of their lower division experience, we challenge students to bridge their skills and strategies into increasingly complex academic applications as they prepare for the transition to our middle division program.
The Lower Division (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 4) reports on a student's progress five times each year.