The Grade One program emphasizes the development of the whole child. Students will grow academically, socially, and spiritually.

Through a tapestry of learning experiences, each Grade One student will develop a sense of responsibility, independence, and the social/emotional skills that will enable him to successfully engage with and contribute to the world around him.

The core Grade One curriculum includes language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. These units are differentiated in order to challenge and enrich each student. Classroom instructional practices nurture the varied learning styles of each child in individual, small, and whole group settings.

Language Arts

The Grade One Language Arts program embraces a child's everyday experiences in listening, thinking, speaking, reading, and writing. These experiences are woven into an integrated field of study to enrich the path of learning along each step. Specific curricula are used for teaching phonics, word-usage, grammar, syntax, comprehension, and other written language objectives. We nurture independent reading and the appreciation and enjoyment of literature. There are ESL (English as a Second Language) support classes available for non-English speaking students.

Mathematics

Using the Everyday Math series developed by the University of Chicago, the Grade One mathematics program emphasizes problem solving as the focus of mathematical instruction. We believe reasoning about mathematics in combination with memorizing rules and procedures helps children make sense of their math world. Program domains include: problem solving, estimation, number sense and numeration of whole numbers, concept and application of whole number operations, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, statistics and probability, fractions, and patterns and relationships.

Science

The Full Option Science System or FOSS is our research-based science program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California at Berkeley. Based on the belief that the scientific enterprise consists of what we know (content) and how we come to know it (process), the FOSS curriculum helps students actively construct ideas through their own inquiries, investigations, and analyses. The program provides effective, stimulating and enriching learning experiences. The Grade One Science program focuses on three units, which are Insects, Balance and Motion, and Pebbles, Sand and Silt, using a collaborative, investigative, hands-on approach. Students are guided to explore, classify, predict, compare and contrast, infer and communicate observations about the world around them.

Social Studies

The Social Studies program seeks to provide each Grade One student with a sense of self and of his relationship to the world. Students become aware of concepts such as social rules, responsibility, interaction styles, and problem solving in social or work situations. Topics include: My School, Getting to Know Each Other, Me as a Community Member, and Me as a Citizen Explorer of the Past, Present, and Future.

Religion

The Religion program helps to develop a personal experience in relationship to each child's religious heritage. The program is divided into three areas of study: Catholic, Christian, and Multi-Faith. A spiritual perspective is woven throughout the entire school day with specific times set aside for the three individual areas of religious study. It is hoped that each child will deepen their faith in God, others, and themselves.

Specials

Elementary students are exposed to an enriching variety of special subjects which enhance the student's educational experience. Students take classes in computer, two and three-dimensional art, physical education, swimming, vocal and instrumental music, and library skills. Students may also participate in a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. Please watch for flyers and information in the school newsletter telling you how to sign up for these activities.

Grading and Reporting Student Progress

Report cards are sent home quarterly and conferences are scheduled twice each year, during the first and third quarters. In the third quarter, the conferences are student-led. Additional conferences can be scheduled with your son's teacher as needed. Please phone, fax, or send a note to schedule a conference.