Harford Day is committed to small class sizes that enable teachers to focus on each student's needs. Our challenging academic program develops mastery of fundamental skills, teaches critical thinking, and stimulates creativity. Our unique Field Study Program provides off-campus experiential learning opportunities that add scope and perspective to classroom learning.
Technology is considered a form of literacy at Harford Day and the use of computers, tablets, and learning portals is incorporating change.Curriculum Guide 2016-2017 (pdf) Curriculum Guide Early Childhood 2016-2017 (pdf) Curriculum Guide Lower School 2016-2017 (pdf) Curriculum Guide Middle School 2016-2017 (pdf)
The K-Prep and Kindergarten classes enjoy a building of their own which was built with the little ones in mind. A spacious common room is used for morning meeting, classes, special lunches, rest, and musical shows. For recess, Early Childhood students have their own outdoor play area with equipment appropriate to their age and development. The Field Study Program begins in Early Childhood where students take monthly trips that provide hands-on experiences to enrich and extend learning.
Learning with joy is K-Prep’s focus as children interact in a warm and safe atmosphere. The program emphasizes both an academic and pro-social curriculum with a focus on building the lifelong values of respect, kindness, patience, cooperation, and good manners.
Central to the Kindergarten program is developing intellectual curiosity and fostering a strong self-image. There is an emphasis on a strong language arts program, ongoing exploration in math and science, and targeted small group instruction. Creative expression is fostered through various art media.
Special classes for Early Childhood students include Spanish, technology, library, physical education, and music. Morning gatherings build a sense of community and celebrate citizenship and cultures around the world. Students prepare a spring musical performance for friends and family.
First through Third Grades share a hallway in the main building, not far from the campus library. Central to these early grades is developing a mastery of fundamental skills and learning to think critically. Field Study opportunities in horticulture, marine biology, engineering, agriculture, and environmental science compliment the academic program.
Reading fluency and comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing letters, sentences, and paragraphs are central to the Lower School experience, as learning to decode language is essential to success in all subjects. Similarly, students further discover their fluency in mathematics, mastering the foundational principles of arithmetic - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Lower School students enjoy frequent recesses and continue to develop their knowledge and skills in Spanish, technology, library, physical education, field study, and music. Relevant to this developmental stage, a considerable amount of time is dedicated to building healthy friendships and social and emotional wellness.
Fourth and Fifth Grade provide a transition from Lower to Middle School. With a strong emphasis on organization skills and study strategies, students begin to take ownership of their learning and develop independence in their social, emotional, and academic lives. Field Study opportunities in music, environmental science, conservation, marine science, and art provide a platform for further application of classroom learning.
The teachers work together to provide a safe learning environment in which every child feels comfortable taking risks and learning from mistakes. Students are given many opportunities to practice positive decision-making strategies in academic and social settings.
The goal is to create a supportive atmosphere that will help all students realize their potential and prepare them to enter Middle School with the ability to face difficult challenges, think independently, make wise decisions, be open to others’ opinions, and be comfortable in their own skin.
Sixth through Eighth Graders, within a highly structured framework, are given more independence and expanded leadership opportunities. An engaged and engaging faculty builds on students’ prior acquisition of facts and encourages them to view those facts, as well as newly acquired knowledge, in a broader context. The Middle School faculty believes that challenge plus support equals success.
Field Study opportunities in the Middle School are vast and diverse including ecology, biology, engineering, outdoor education, camping, art, architecture, and history, plus optional trips to Europe and the Grand Tetons.
Each middle schooler is assigned an advisor who builds and maintains a close and supportive relationship with each advisee and guides each child through all three years of Middle School. Advisors encourage students to try a variety of activities in and out of the classroom, as their advisees prepare to enter a broad range of top high school programs.