Our Language Arts program offers structured lessons in literature, comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary, spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics. In an effort to become more independent readers, students will read works of nonfiction as well as four novels from amongst a long list of classic works. The curriculum is designed to develop fundamental skills in oral and written communication and promote a lifelong interest in reading, writing, and language.
Our research-based Math course emphasizes computational fluency, conceptual understanding, and problem-solving. Students master addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, and explore connections between fractions and decimals.
The curriculum also introduces algebraic thinking through multistep word problems and patterns. We deepen geometric knowledge with a focus on shapes, lines, angles, and rotations. Teachers and coaches use adaptive activities and supportive tools to ensure each student's success.
In Science, students learn to reason, observe, and analyze through hands-on experiments. They explore topics such as the interdependence of life; plant and animal interactions; chemistry; forces and fluids; the human body; the nervous system; invertebrates; electricity and magnetism; rocks and minerals; weathering, erosion, and deposition; the fossil record and the history of life; and the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras.
Our History 4 course concludes the elementary exploration of world geography and history by focusing on the period from the Scientific Revolution to modern times. Supplementary lessons focus on concepts in economics and citizenship.
In Art, students are introduced to the art and architecture of the French and American revolutions through modern times. They extend their knowledge of elements of art and principles of design and create a variety of works, including portraits, quilts, sculpture, collages, and more. Students will learn about art movements such as impressionism, cubism, Art Nouveau, and Regionalism. They will create works inspired by what they learn about with many different materials and styles.
Spotlight on Music
Our Spotlight on Music program promotes successful music learning as students explore and build foundational music skills. The program includes enriching musical experiences that help students understand music concepts. Students will enjoy a vast quality of musical experience through interactive learning activities like focused listening, singing, dancing, and playing instruments like the recorder. Spotlight on Music provides opportunities for students to make meaningful connections with math, language arts, science, social studies, and other subjects.