Compassionate Classroom: The concept of compassionate communication is based on the idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion. Students meet regularly to discuss empathy, self-expression, conflict resolution, and to learn strategies to understand their own feeling and needs. These skills are practiced daily.
Math: Students learn to master concrete skills before they move on to abstract concepts. Topics such as hierarchy of number, operations, fractions, math facts, time, money, measurements, geometry, word problems, and algebra are explored
Language Arts: Students learn the history of language, grammar, mechanics of language, word study, cursive writing, and spelling patterns. There is a great emphasis on becoming a confident writer.
Reading: Students learn in small groups and individually, rather than by grade level or as a class. They are able to explore a variety of genres while gaining the skills needed to be life-long readers. “Book Clubs” meet multiple times per week to discuss literature.
Science and Social Studies: Students in Lower Elementary are introduced to the areas of astronomy, meteorology, chemistry, physics, geology, geography, biology, botany, ancient life, history, cultural studies, and more! Students in Upper Elementary have the advantage of building on these lessons with more focused work and research projects. A STEM curriculum offers cool projects like building a 3D printer.
Art: Students are able to choose to do art on a daily basis with lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture, art history, and more! Various mediums and tools are available for use on art projects or to extend other academic areas.
Music: Twice weekly, students build on skills in recorder, xylophone, body percussion, hand percussion instruments, and voice. A strong emphasis is placed on structured improvisation with instruments, the voice, and movement. Students learn about composers, their periods and styles, and families of instruments. They showcase their skills in two concerts each year.
Health and Wellness: This curriculum addresses a student’s physical, mental, and emotional health, which gives them the necessary tools and skills as they explore different seasonal activities. Yoga and mindfulness, tennis instruction at the YMCA, anatomy, and physiology, as well as nutrition lessons round out our wellness curriculum. The curriculum is designed to help students care for their own health over a lifetime.