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Academics

Our Upper Primary classrooms afford our growing learners the opportunity to venture into more advanced topics with the constant and loving support of adults who know each child as an individual.

Classrooms are designed to maximize the learning process with high expectations and a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

English & Language Arts

The Language Arts program of the Upper Primary School creates individuals who are able to confidently and competently evaluate literature, synthesize knowledge acquired through reading, and communicate original ideas in writing.  Discussion groups occur frequently to allow students the opportunity to cultivate discussion skills and enjoy the exchange of ideas that occurs in a community of learners. 

Mathematics

Math in Focus: The Singapore Approach provides a rich and comprehensive base for our Upper Primary mathematics program.  Each classroom has two math levels - Advanced Math for students working at least one full grade level ahead and Accelerated Math for students who are working primarily at grade level, with extensions and enrichment to continue to challenge and encourage their mathematical growth.  In addition, all children participate in Math Enrichment - a program designed to further foster each student’s problem solving and critical thinking skills.

Science & Engineering

The Upper Primary School Science Department utilizes two curricula that complement the middle school program and prepares students for their advanced experience with Project Lead the Way. The Science Companion curriculum, developed by the Chicago Science Group, is a laboratory-based program that takes advantage of children’s innate desire to discover their world and understand how things work and interact. This curriculum stimulates students' ability to contemplate their surroundings and teaches them science-process skills as they explore, quantify, and interpret their environment. Children discuss and reflect as they learn in these activity- and problem-based programs. Students use engineering design principles and the scientific inquiry process to solve everyday problems and develop critical thinking skills.

Spanish

The goal of Spanish language instruction in the Upper Primary School is student proficiency in understanding, speaking, reading, and writing Spanish. Students acquire vocabulary and an understanding of grammatical structure, increasing their comprehension and ability to communicate with greater nuance and detail. The TPRS Method of instruction enables students to make meaningful use of the Spanish language and creates a fun, lively atmosphere for language acquisition.

Physical Education

The physical education program provides a fun, kinesthetic, play-based learning environment in which students can develop their physical, social, and cognitive skills. For the benefits of exercise and physical activity to be fully realized, students have daily physical education classes. Students are introduced to a variety of individual and team sports and fitness activities.

Our program is based on the National Standards for Physical Development, emphasizing three learning areas: fitness and wellness, basic movement skills and concepts, and movement forms.  Movement skills, concepts, and forms are presented simultaneously and through a variety of activities. We also emphasize the importance of lifelong fitness and wellness. Our curricular goals include teaching students the components of fitness and their relationship to physical activity and wellness.

Performing Arts

The goal of the Upper Primary performing arts program is artistic literacy. Education in music, dance, and drama is essential to nurturing the cognitive, physical, and emotional growth of each child. An understanding of the history, purpose, and diversity of culture brought forth by performing arts is explored through theme-based units. Through music, dance, and drama, children are empowered with a sense of joy, understanding, creative independence, confidence, and accomplishment.

Fine Arts

The fine arts curriculum integrates the visual arts with history, social sciences, literature, math, and science. Each art lesson enhances curricular learning objectives through a creative, hands-on approach. Students explore different artistic forms, including: sculpture, textiles, watercolor, acrylic paint, printmaking, drawing, and collage.

The focus of the fine arts program is to value the artistic process over the product. We encourage students to be inspired by the world around them and interpret those ideas through experimentation with a variety of media and tools in the classroom.