Our innovative, integrative elementary program is guided by a flexible, personalized curriculum combining social-emotional and experiential learning with broad academic introduction. Our core learning includes:
Practical Life: In the elementary environment, practical life is engrained into the daily rhythm of the classroom. Children care for plants, materials and the learning space. Cooking, lunch and snack prep take place in our classroom kitchenette.
Technology: We utilize technology in a meaningful way to track student interests, goals and progress, and to facilitate parent communication and collaborative 21st century learning experiences
Language activities: aid in the development of verbal and written expression as well as non-verbal communication; examples include introduction to genres, grammar and the writing process
Math works: aid in the understanding of more complex operations and 21st century real-life skills such as budgeting and data reporting
Science, History and Geography (The Great Lessons): aid in the discovery of scientific, geographical and historical concepts; examples include experiments, cartography, timeline of life and long-term study of people, animals, plants and places
Art, Music, Drama and Dance/Movement: aid in self-discovery, developing an appreciation for the arts, celebrating diversity and establishing a sense of community; examples include artist study, yoga, dance genres
Spanish: children participate in a weekly guided Spanish lesson
Field Trips: field trips are an extension of cultural studies; students are invited to join Industry Fridays for experiential learning and shadowing opportunities
Peace Education, Character Development and Mindfulness: the education of the whole child is the foundation of our Montessori-based curriculum. Activities related to peace education, character development and mindfulness are integrated throughout. In addition to daily lessons, we participate in short- and long-term projects which emphasize community building and peacemaking. The social-emotional health of our learning community and the community beyond is at the forefront of all that we do, at all times
Outdoor Learning: understanding the interconnectedness of the universe is the heart of our elementary learning environment; children participate in nature walks and other outdoor field trips in addition to regular meaningful opportunities to take learning outdoors
Extended Enrichment: our extended enrichment program preserves our commitment to whole child well-being while meeting the needs of busy families. It includes group lunch, meditative time and opportunities to pursue personalized interests or engage in community service projects
Our elementary studio is a free choice learning environment, and children are given the freedom to choose works that appeal to their interests and development. When necessary, the guide/teacher will suggest an activity for a child who needs assistance. We present both individual and small group lessons as determined by readiness and mastery of previous works, as well as opportunities to engage in short- and long-term projects with the small group or individually. Rather than testing, we use careful, methodical observation as means of assessment. Children are invited to maintain digital work portfolios and participate in the development of work plans. Each school year culminates with a mini maker faire featuring a philanthropic focus.