Instructional Approaches

Traditional Academics

English / Language Arts

We believe that all students can become strong readers with the right support. By prioritizing phonics and phonemic awareness we can establish excellent foundational literacy within our youngest students. In this digital era we feel it’s also important to teach the importance of print-based literature but allow students to establish a love of reading by providing them time to engage with high interest reading of their choice. 


Our approach to mathematics education is built with a mix of the best classical methods, supplemented by the most modern approaches. We establish fact fluency at an early age and ensure students develop a mastery of basic mathematics algorithms and concepts. Students receive the opportunity to apply those skills in real-world situations, including counting money within our school store and collecting and evaluating meaningful data to drive school decisions.


We believe that students learn science most effectively through a blend of text-based and hands-on experiences. We ensure students establish a strong foundation of basic science concepts that they can use to inquire about other aspects of science. This is all supported by hands-on learning in the field to solidify student learning.

Social Studies

We feel it is essential for students to understand and appreciate their civic responsibilities from a young age. Our instruction prioritizes the use of primary sources, such as journal entries and historical documents so that students understand the foundations of this great country.


Physical Education

Movement is critical to students’ health and well-being. Physical education will emphasize activities and lessons that promote lifelong wellness. We will provide outdoor exercise opportunities like snowshoeing, skating, and skiing.

Culinary Arts

Students are provided a variety of food education experiences and are involved in growing, preparing, and crafting a variety of foods. Students share their food experiences through “show and smell” and explore local food heritage and history.


Students learn key concepts to promote success singing and playing music. For example, students learn about tempo and gain practice recognizing and composing different tempos. They embrace the folk music of the local area and learn about the history and stories behind these works.

Studio - Textile Education

Weaving, knitting, and other textile skills are taught within the Studio program. Students gain skills on tabletop looms and floor looms and learn the basics of sewing and embroidery.

Studio - Technical Education

We ensure that students gain basic hands-on skills, such as the use of a hammer and drill. Students design projects that enhance the curriculum, such as outdoor cooking pits and wood-fired ovens.