Lower School Curriculum
Each classroom in the Lower School includes two teachers who provide an inquiry-based curriculum in addition to a strong language arts and math program. Classes in the arts (visual, music, dance, and drama), science, computer technology, foreign languages (French and Spanish), information literacy, and physical education are also offered and taught by specialists. Guest speakers, visiting performers and artists, and curriculum-related field trips help expand our student’s knowledge and help them grow in awareness, expression, and appreciation.
Since 2010, Lower School students have planted, tended, and harvested seasonal vegetables in our organic Community Garden, which provides hands-on lessons in horticulture and the environment. The newest addition is a greenhouse to help extend the growing season. The bounty of vegetables is shared with both the school cafeteria and our community partner Friendship Gardens Network. In second grade, students visit Friendship Trays and learn how their efforts contribute to providing good nutrition for those in need.
The Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten experience begins each morning with circle time—a nurturing tradition that includes stories, singing, reading, and time to preview the day's calendar. Closing circle concludes the day in the same way and helps ground each day in a spirit of community.