In our Elementary School, we focus on the crucial primary years of Kindergarten through 5th grade. Here, children are still children: Imaginative play and read-aloud haven’t disappeared, students get individual attention and time to develop a love of learning and recess is full of fun and games for all ages to enjoy.
K-5 at a glance:
- Five mixed-grade classrooms (two K/1s, two 2/3s and one 4/5) with a plan to expand
- Small mixed-grade classes that specialize in differentiated learning
- Highly-qualified head teachers and dedicated student teachers
- Units of study that integrate science, social studies, language arts, service learning, and design thinking
- Visual arts, music and movement, and physical education round out our curriculum, all with a strong social-emotional component
- Enrichment classes such as Spanish, art, music, and PE once a week
- iPads utilized as teaching tools in 2nd-5th grade
- After school care until 5:45 pm daily, including a variety of enrichment options, such as cooking, dance, drama, or martial arts
- Beautiful, developmentally-appropriate classrooms and expansive outdoor play yard, plus access to the Mills College soccer field, gymnasium, and swimming pool for PE
- Healthy snacks served in the after school program, plus the option of ordering a hot lunch delivery service
Student interest, teacher passion, and Common Core content standards form the basis of our curriculum mapping. Teaching and learning are infused with creative approaches that meet the needs of all children, and our strong academics are enriched with additional expert teaching for music, art, and physical education.
We do not administer state testing; instead, formative and authentic assessments inform our curriculum decisions. We offer parent-teacher conferences twice a year, as well as bi-annual progress reports that convey a thorough description of each child’s mastery of the content knowledge, without letter grades.mail
The Elementary School program currently has five mixed-grade classrooms (two K/1s, two 2/3s, and a 4/5), all of them serving students with a range of ages and skills. As psychologist Lev Vgotsky describes in his “Zone of Proximal Development” theory, children working in collaboration with more capable peers are able to learn at a higher level. In our multi-age classrooms, children have expanded opportunities to both learn from and to teach one another as they develop a strong sense of community.
Our 4th and 5th graders get to be the “big kids on campus,” taking on leadership roles and mentoring younger students without feeling the need to act like teenagers before their time. Our graduates leave prepared for the academic and social challenges of the best middle schools in the Bay Area.