In the primary grades, students learn skills that are the foundational blocks for learning. The classroom environment is structured. Teachers provide challenging activities, board work, drills, games, hands-on activities, group work and remedial work as part of their daily routine. Reading, phonics, English, spelling and penmanship completes the language arts block. Literacy skills in both English and Spanish are taught. Teachers are skilled in addressing the literacy needs of each student. Science and Social Studies are integrated into the curriculum. Physical Education, Computer and Art complete the primary program.
Students in grades 4 and 5 are preparing for their transition to the Middle School. These years are critical in the establishment of becoming a more independent learner. Students strengthen the skills introduced in the primary grades. Hour blocks of time are dedicated to the study of reading and math. The overall goal is to increase the level of comprehension in reading. Reading is an integral part of all areas of study. Students receive in-depth study in literature, vocabulary, spelling and skill development. Grammar and composition are added to the student’s daily schedule. Math focuses on developing computational skills and an understanding of mathematical concepts, as well as helping students become problem solvers, and to communicate, reason, and make connections between mathematics and other disciplines. Social Studies and Science place a strong emphasis on research. Computer technology begins to take an added importance for research and written reports. Art, Physical Education, Music, Technology, Library and Spanish as a Content Area add to the development of the whole child.