We use an inquiry-based workshop model of instruction for delivery in all major subjects. The model consists of key elements that provide for instructional coherence across the school. The workshop includes a mini-lesson or direct instruction, guided practice, independent application, assessment, and review/sharing.
A comprehensive program that provides the resources needed to plan and assess effectively, as well as teach and engage students. The Journeys student text uses the Common Core to engage students and build comprehension skills with materials leveled to ensure all readers receive the proper support and challenge.
We use Math in Focus (Singapore Math), as our core mathematics program. Math in Focus is especially strong in developing conceptual understanding. It differs from the original Singapore series in that it is also aligned with the NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards as well as with the Common Core Standards.
The science program utilizes an investigations-based framework through the FOSS Program (Full Option Science System Program) . Children develop their scientific practice skills through observing, communicating with their classmates and the community, asking questions, testing out ideas and systems, and measuring. All students keep a science notebook where they record their observations and results through drawings, diagrams, questions, tables, and their own explanations.
Based on the NYC Department of Education Social Studies Units of Study, our program includes history, economics, geography, and civics, citzenship, and government. Students learn about the community, workforce, connections to family, and diversity within and among cultural groups that span across time and geographical locations.
Our art program is designed to aid students in growing their own individual ideas and creativity. To this end, students are given “thinking jobs” instead of step-by-step projects. The Art Room is set up with different centers giving each student the freedom to choose his or her materials, concepts, and deadlines. Our artists all participate in two or more art shows over the course of the year and student work can be seen throughout the building all year round!
This program is designed around building confident, well-rounded musicians. All of our students receive vocal and instrumental instruction based on the strongest traditional and modern music education practices.
Our K-2 students focus heavily on developing their singing voices, and learn to play percussion instruments as an ensemble, particularly on drums and xylophones. Our upper school students focus more heavily on instrumental music, learning the recorder, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, and percussion.
Here we aim to build the physical literacy of our students. Physical literacy is the understanding that an active body is essential for a healthy human. In our PE program, students are given the space and safety to exercise thier bodies, grow stronger, and learn the behaviors that lead to lasting health.
In addition to PE, upper school students in grades 3, 4, and 5 also participate in a theater education program for several weeks during the school year. In grade 3, performers focus entirely on improvisational theater games, building the tools of voice and body to communicate clearly. In grade 4, we build on this foundation and begin to memorize and perform text. Finally, in grade 5 we work more extensively with text to create performances that we share with our school community.