The elementary program is typically divided into lower elementary (grades 1-3) and upper elementary (grades 4-6).
An intimate and supportive environment, where students know they are respected and valued as individuals, encourages self-expression, exploration and progressive thinking. Multi-age grouping encourages cooperation over competition and allows children to advance to higher levels without the hindrance of relating grade level to academics. Small group or individual lessons allows the teacher to guide each student and maximize their potential.
An integrated curriculum of broad and fascinating knowledge in science, history and geography is revisited in greater and more challenging depth each year. Intellectually stimulating, the program also provides opportunities for students to gain valuable life skills such as organization, self-direction, personal responsibility and interpersonal cooperation. High academic standards require students to truly master a subject before moving on. Computers and technology support all areas of the curriculum.
Beyond the Classroom
An emphasis is placed on community service and helping others. Working with the gardens complements the science curriculum. Additionally, our school believes in the importance of learning through dynamic real-world experiences. Therefore, annual class trips to places such as the Catalina Island Marine Institute and Astrocamp enhance the curriculum.
A Typical Day
By Emma, Grade 1 (Spanish Immersion)
By Sam, Grade 2
11:45 AM: Lunch time. My favorite sandwich is peanut butter. I like eating with my best friend.
2:00 PM: Reading Groups. I enjoy books with humor and have discussions about what we read.