Grades K-4

Core Curriculum

Reading and Language Arts

Teachers provide students the opportunity to explore their passions and creative selves. Comprehension, critical thinking skills and phonetic strategies are developed using myriad strategies. Writing instruction is an effective blend of curriculum such as the “Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop” from Columbia Teachers College, a word study approach to spelling and phonics through “Fundations, Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading” and “Handwriting Without Tears.” Teachers enhance students’ understanding with supplemental materials that allow for further differentiation.


The hands-on program emphasizes the scientific method and process - skills that are essential in investigating the natural world. Students complete units of study in the areas of life, earth and physical science incorporating exploration, experimentation and cooperative group work.


The study of math focuses on developing students’ understanding of mathematical concepts, their proficiency with key skills and the ability to solve complex and novel problems. Critical thinking skills are vastly important when building a mathematical foundation for students. The primary curriculum in kindergarten through fifth grade is “Bridges in Mathematics,” published by the Math Learning Center and developed by math teachers with the support of the National Science Foundation.

Social Studies

Students are taught to look beyond to the greater communities, both local and global, in which we belong. Cooperative group work and extensive field study units support the learning objectives of the social studies program. Map and geography skills are integrated in all lessons as students learn the importance of place in the context of history.

A look inside your classroom

    • Kindergarten Classroom

    • Baldwin Playground

    • 2nd Grade Classroom

Episcopal Day School of St. Matthew

16 Baldwin Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401

The Episcopal Church of Saint Matthew

1 S El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA 94401

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Episcopal Day admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, national and ethnic origin color, sex, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, sexual orientation, including gender identity or expression, veteran status, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.