Our equitable learning practices continue in 1st/2nd grade with meaningful and relevant work presented in a context centering empathy and representation. Our first and second graders work in mixed age, open classrooms. This encourages the joy of peer-to-peer learning and builds a strong academic foundation. Teachers nurture students' talents and encourage independence. Our classrooms are affirming, inclusive, and warm.
Our rich reading and writing program, incorporating the approach from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project as well as Words Their Way and phonics instruction, employs a workshop model where children work independently, and teachers confer individually. Our math curriculum, Eureka2, features a hands-on, standards-based approach to concepts and strategies. These experiences set the stage for a lifetime of learning and the sense of wonder, curiosity, and self-motivation of our young learners.
These are the bridge years from childhood to young adulthood. Students explore their personal, cultural, racial, and academic identities. The learning spaces are designed to encourage curiosity, independence, and mindfulness. Children have the opportunity to experience deep and meaningful engagement through project-based learning and access their innate joy of learning within an academically rigorous program.
Under the framework of Eureka Math2, students explore new math concepts and solidify skills using a differentiated, hands-on approach. Through the Hegerty phonics curriculum and the Reading and Writing Project workshop model, students develop their literacy skills in an engaging and personalized manner, allowing for choice and exploration of personal interests and passions. Students mature into self-directed, motivated learners with strong collaboration and problem-solving skills.