Grades 1 – 2
Lower elementary classrooms occupy their own hallway off the lunchroom. There is one full time assistant for each grade. The foundation that was laid in Kindergarten is expanded in the first and second grades.
The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series A Legacy of Literacy by Houghton Miflin, Saxon phonics, and spelling. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. They continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands on activities. Students go to p.e. twice a week and library, computer, art and music once a week. In first grade a separate art class is added to the curriculum once a week and the students are introduced to the computer lab.
The language arts program includes the phonetically based reading series Reading Street by Scott Foresman, which includes a spelling curriculum. Reading and writing are emphasized through book reports and in-class creative writing. They continue to use Saxon math and explore science in more depth with textbooks and hands on activities. Second grade also expands reading skills through the Accelerated Reader Program. Students go to p.e. twice a week and library, music, art, and computer lab once a week.
Grades 3 – 5
Grades Three through Five share a hallway, where there is one assistant for each grade. Upper elementary students continue to expand their knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, math, English, spelling and Wordly Wise, while science and social studies take on a more prominent role in the curriculum. The science lab becomes a part of the science program beginning in the fourth grade, and science experiments are performed in the classroom, observed, and then recorded. Art, music, p.e. and computer are also an important part of the curriculum. The Accelerated Reader Program is also a part of the reading program in these grades. As a part of the music program, the upper elementary students perform a Christmas musical for family and friends in December.
Sixth grade is a year of transition. Students are getting ready to leave elementary school and join the junior high. To help ease this transition, the sixth grade is departmentalized. For the first time, students change classes during the school day. English, reading, math, science, and social studies make up the core subjects. Students will also take p.e., art, computer, and library to make up the rest of the curriculum. Each sixth grader has a locker which is located in the same hall as the classrooms. There is one assistant for the sixth grade. During the sixth grade, students take beginning band. Students will work with the band director to choose an instrument and are given instruction in playing that instrument. Beginning in sixth grade, opportunities for extracurricular activities include football, basketball, cheerleading, baseball, and softball.