Our students actively engage in advanced curricula in language arts, math, and social studies. They work in science labs through inquiry-based learning experiences. They sing as part of our chorus, explore music and movement, discover new languages and cultures, create art, and enjoy many more outlets for creative expression.
K-3 uses a structured literacy approach grounded in the science of reading to make learning to read fun while laying the groundwork for lifelong literacy. The program’s research-based approach and extensive materials allow K–3 teachers to confidently present a carefully structured reading, spelling, and handwriting curriculum that uses engaging, multisensory techniques. In mathematics, we use the Bridges curriculum, where we focus on math facts, numerical thinking, and problem solving. Our science curriculum utilizes inquiry, investigation, and exploration, helping students understand and communicate about the scientific world around them. Students study French to build cultural competencies and felicities with language. In social studies we design our curriculum to help students understand our Core Values and connect them to ourselves, our community, the state of Massachusetts, and the history of the United States.
In 4th and 5th grade, students move to our Crocker building where they have dedicated space for their growing needs. Taking on more agency, they utilize the school library, the art studio, science labs, and the large gymnasium. Academically, students transition to completing work on Chromebooks. They are now taught by a teaching diad, with a language arts / social studies teacher and a math teacher. At this age students are moving from learning to read to reading to learn. Language arts focuses on core reading and writing skills. In social studies, they learn about westward expansion, as well as early civilizations.In math they continue to use the Bridges curriculum. In science class, students begin to carry out experiments using the scientific method. Additionally, they begin the study of Spanish.
What makes us unique
We encourage childhood and we meet children where they are, both socially and academically.
- Design thinking / maker space
- Nature walks
- Multi-age buddies activities
- Responsive Classroom / social emotional learning
- Multiple recesses
- Outdoor space for classes and exploration
- A deep and abiding commitment to a creative arts curriculum
We use a multi-sensory approach to learning to challenge and engage students through the use of visual, auditory and kinesthetic methods. In all classes, students have the opportunity to explore, question, challenge and create. Using a metacognitive approach, students learn to plan, monitor, and reflect on their own growth and learning.
Room To Explore
We offer ample play through physical education classes and daily recesses on our expansive 26-acre campus and outdoor classrooms. All students have access to outdoor space including playgrounds, fields, and nature trails.