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. 

Math

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.

Science

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 Our instruction prioritizes the use of primary sources, such as journal entries and historical documents so that students understand the foundations of this great country.

Specials

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.

Art

Students are given many opportunities to work with different art media, including textiles, paints, and more. They examine art history, technique, and theory and apply these concepts to the artwork they create.

Music

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.

Library

Books are the foundation of great learning. We provide students opportunities to locate and read high interest classic and modern books.

Life Skills

We ensure that students receive instruction on basic life skills, such as sewing, meal preparation, budgeting, and basic maintenance of motorized equipment. We also integrate career exposure activities, bringing guests into our school to share their career experiences and facilitate related activities with students.