Early Childhood & Primary Program (Pre-K Through 2nd Grade)
Pre-Kindergarten and kindergarten are full-day programs for children who are four and five years old, respectively, by September 30.
The Early Childhood and Primary Grade Program is based on the Responsive Classroom approach, developmentally appropriate practice, and individualized instruction. The Responsive Classroom is an approach to learning in the classroom that focuses upon the importance of the social curriculum for all learners. This approach helps to develop good social skills and sets guidelines for positive interactions with others. As educators, the early childhood teachers recognize the fact that the school plays a major role in the social as well as the academic development of the child.
Children involved in this approach are encouraged to internalize and embrace those concepts and beliefs that will foster better relationships with others in the school as well as within the community.
Teachers provide many opportunities for children to engage in activities where they learn to work together cooperatively in large and small groups; to respect individual strengths and differences; to problem-solve in more meaningful ways; to help establish and understand rules and logical consequences; and to appreciate, practice, and see the value in using common courtesies when working with others.
The major components of the Responsive Classroom are:
- Rules and Logical Consequences
- Guided Discovery
- Choice Time
- Classroom Organization
Through the implementation of these components within the classroom, children continually practice those social skills that will ensure their social and personal growth as contributing members of the school and society as a whole.
Intermediate Program (3rd Through 5th Grade)
The goal of the Intermediate Program is to provide support to all students as they learn and grow through the intermediate level. The student should become independent learners who take pride in their accomplishments through group projects, collaborative problem solving, and respect for others. Ultimately, while supplying each student with basic knowledge, the program provides the foundation to “learn how to learn” through recognizing the merit of others as well as themselves. These children of the twenty-first century will need to be able to adapt to new professions and skills that we can only imagine today.
The academic transition encompasses time management, choices, independent work, and accountability. The social transition begins with the long process of entering adolescence. This starts with wrestling with fairness issues, to working well in groups, to developing the ability to make sound decisions, and finally the emergence of the adult personality. This change begins in fourth grade.
Among the special transition activities for fifth grade offered during the year are:
- Fifth Grade Parent/Student Middle School Orientation
- Transition Workshops
- The Class Overnight Camping Trip
- The Fifth Grade Promotion