ACADEMICS

LOWER SCHOOL

The first years of schooling are called the “grammar stage” – not because you spend four years doing English, but because these are the years in which the building blocks for all other learning are laid, just as grammar is the foundation for language.

In the elementary school years, what we commonly think of as grades one through four, the mind is ready to absorb information. Children at this age actually find memorization fun.

During this period, education involves not self-expression and self-discovery, but rather the learning of facts: rules of phonics and spelling, rules of grammar, poems, the vocabulary of foreign languages, the stories of history and literature, descriptions of plants and animals and the human body, the facts of mathematics – the list goes on. This information makes up the “grammar” or the basic building blocks, for the second stage of education.

Head of School
Michael Maxson

Curriculum Development Director
Lisa Johnston

 

SPECIAL ACTIVITY CLASSES: Art, Library, Music, Physical Education, Spanish*, Piano**, Recorder***

* Beginning in 1st grade
** 3rd Grade
***4th Grade

HOMEWORK
HOMEWORK TIMES (average minutes):

Kindergarten, 10

1st Grade, 15
2nd Grade, 20
3rd Grade, 30
4th Grade, 40

ENROLLMENT OPTIONS
GRADEHALF/FULL DAYTIME
K45 Full-Days; M-F8:20 AM – 3:25 PM
K43 Full-Days; T, W, TH8:20 AM – 3:25 PM
K45 Half-Days; M-F8:20 AM – 12:30 PM
K55 Full-Days; M-F8:20 AM – 3:25 PM
K55 Half-Days; M-F8:20 AM – 12:30 PM
1st – 4th5 Full-Days; M-F8:20 AM – 3:25 PM
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