Junior II – third through fifth grade
The Elementary program is about the emergence of the individual, and is also about individuals learning to work in harmony with, and be celebrated by, the group.
The multiage classroom groupings encompass first through fifth grades in an atmosphere of cooperative learning. It is an intellectually challenging program for even the most able students. The program and the teachers accommodate varying learning styles and paces, while working to ensure ultimate mastery of the concepts by each student.
The Elementary classroom is an exciting place to learn. At any given time, a visiting parent might see children building time lines, recording science experiments, writing book reports and compositions, gathering data on the Internet, administering spelling tests to one another, or solving mathematical problems. Junior I students learn reading, creative writing, grammar, and spelling; mathematics, including geometry; general science, botany, and zoology; history; geography; social studies; music; art; Spanish; physical education; and optional piano and Suzuki violin. Junior II students master reading, creative writing, grammar, and spelling; mathematics, including geometry and algebra; general science, botany, and zoology; history; geography; social studies; music and performance; art; Spanish; physical education; keyboarding and technology instruction; and optional woodwinds, guitar, piano and Suzuki violin.
Elementary students experience a well-defined social system operating within the classroom. The class is a miniature society where children work and learn together in harmony, while retaining individuality. With the teacher’s support, direction, and expertise, the children strive to become responsible for their own behavior and to help the community by observing rules necessary for peaceful living.
“My concern for my son being in a very small class was allayed and that environment is the best place for him to thrive as a student and young man. I love the emphasis on the child – learning to be their own advocate, learning how to positively deal with conflict (a few TV shows could learn that as well!) as well as learning necessary study skills, etc… and that a small environment did not have a negative effect on their endeavors into high school but only enhanced it.” — Coleen Aker, Current Parent