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.