Our rigorous, standards-based curriculum meets the expectations of the state frameworks, while engaging children in hands-on learning activities that enhance their ability to problem solve and to think critically. Students take part in meaningful project-based learning activities, integrating important literacy, social studies, math, art, and technology skills and concepts. Students regularly conduct experiments, learning important scientific concepts as well as how to cooperate.
Technology is used as a tool to enhance learning. Students develop PowerPoint and other presentations to present their research to classmates and the community. All students starting in junior kindergarten develop electronic portfolios that may include video clips of them presenting their artwork, speaking Chinese, reading a poem, or playing on a sports team. These portfolios motivate students to reflect on their learning and allow the faculty to best evaluate the whole child.
Students study Mandarin Chinese for thirty minutes daily beginning with songs and poetry in junior kindergarten and continuing through grade 5 to learn Chinese characters, a spoken vocabulary, and Chinese culture. Starting in the fourth grade, students write to pen pals in China. We hope to begin a student and teacher exchange with an elementary school in China during the 2006-07 academic year, offering our middle school students and our teachers an opportunity to utilize their language skills.
Enrichment classes such as drama, sculpture, painting, dance, martial arts, and foreign language are offered through our Elective Program. Sports teams and clubs meet after school between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.