Our core curriculum in Lower School grows out of our fundamental beliefs that each child has
special gifts and a unique voice, that children learn best by action and collaboration and that who our students become is as important as what they become. Our curriculum features
- Singapore Math
- Inquiry-based Science study grounded in active research, observation and analysis
- Design Thinking in the iLab
- Expeditional learning
- Columbia University Reading and Writing programs
- Experiential Spanish
- History - ancient civilizations, Renaissance and United States
- Social Studies that focus on the human experience (music, culture, language and food)
- Library Technology Center
- Studio and performing arts
Academics are balanced by our keen focus on community and character building. We want students to know that they are each vitally important and to build on that knowledge to realize that what they do collectively is vital as well. Teaching responsibility to the larger community is as simple as older students walking younger students into the building or mixed grade reading buddies, and as complex as organizing a book drive for a school library in Ghana. Children have daily experiences in service and enhancing community life. It is of no small consequence that taking social responsibility gives students a confident sense of self and helps them become leaders. They quickly learn that they are one and one of many.
In the quiet, we can think.
Our world is active, full of stimuli and loud. Sometimes it is invigorating and sometimes it hinders one's ability to concentrate. Thinking and reflection are habits that must be nurtured and practiced, so we create time and space for children to reflect in silence. At our weekly Meeting for Worship children sit in quiet and wait for the still, small voice inside them. Through this quiet reflection, they come to profound understandings about themselves, their friends, their school and their world.
Students' days are full and built around core curriculars like math, science, reading, writing workshop, and social studies. Additionally, students have special projects and units of study into which they get to delve more deeply. Here's just a sampling of these projects, all examples of our Action-Based Education: