A Foundation For Life
ur elementary school students acquire the building blocks of literacy through listening, speaking, reading and writing. They develop an understanding of numerical patterns and relationships with hands-on experiences. Students connect with the living and physical world by applying the scientific method and observation to scientific concepts and with the local and global community through history, geography, and daily foreign language studies. Students’ imagination and physical development are nurtured through art, music, theatre, dance, and athletics. Woven throughout our program is opportunity to connect all of life’s experiences to a deeper understanding of God and his love for all people and his creation.
Our commitment to an individualized approach with each child makes it possible for advanced students to progress and widen their skills and for struggling students to receive individual support within the same small group setting.
We believe that classrooms that span multiple ages offer many benefits for young children. Our program combines what is traditionally thought of as third and fourth grade into one class. Young children vary greatly in their physical, social, and cognitive development. Through learning in a classroom with students of varying ages, students have access to a larger range of learning material and experiences so that they can “plug in” and move forward according to their abilities. They can access more challenging materials or they can spend more time in an area where they haven’t achieved subject mastery. Both of these activities are a normal part of an intentionally multi-aged classroom.
From a social development perspective, students have the opportunity to experience leading and following. Students must learn to navigate relationships with peers who are at various stages of learning and growing. Our small class size makes it possible for teachers to engage in community-building exercises throughout the year that highlight each child’s individual worth and strengths. Teachers will create a classroom environment that is cooperative, one in which students are taught to celebrate one another’s achievements.