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; additionally, older students share a classroom-approved device for research and supervised by a guide
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
Foreign Language: children have the opportunity to participate in a weekly guided Spanish lesson
Field Trips: field trips are an extension of cultural studies; students are invited to join Field Trip Fridays for experiential learning and shadowing opportunities
Peace Education, Character Development and Mindfulness: activities related to peace education, character development and mindfulness are integrated throughout our curriculum. 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; in most weather, children spend their lunchtime and accompanying “nature hour” exploring nearby Stanbery Park, which was recently voted one of the nation’s best parks for kid-friendly hikes by Travel + Leisure
Extended Enrichment: our extended enrichment program preserves our commitment to whole child well-being while meeting the needs of busy families. It includes meditative time and opportunities to pursue personalized interests such as art, music, cooking and coding
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 collaborative learning project, individual project and/or mini maker faire featuring a philanthropic focus.