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.