Expanding Horizons while Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners
Lower School (Grade 2– Grade 5)
The lower school academic program includes English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Mandarin, Physical Education, Music and Art at all grade levels at all campuses. Technology, such as computer applications, is an integrated tool for learning and production.
Grades 2 – Grade 5 learning opportunities are designed to hone technical development and expand repertoire of learning skills. The focus of Language Arts content continues to be on developing speaking, reading and writing skills and processes. The focus of Mathematics content is on solidifying knowledge that underpins numeracy, such as place-value and computation algorithms, as well as expanding mathematical skills and understandings in the areas measurement, estimation, working with numeric data, and basic geometry and basic probability. The focus of Science and Social Studies content is on increasing independence in using the tools of experimentation and investigation. Student growth and development is assessed as they engage in transdisciplinary inquiry and problem solving as well as through exercises targeting isolated skills, such as learning to use the scientific method or mathematical problem-solving techniques.
Across all campuses, in addition to Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, the weekly schedule includes 5 sessions of Mandarin, 2 sessions of Physical Education, 2 sessions of Music and 1 session of Visual Arts. Each session is scheduled for approximately 45 minutes.
Most subjects are taught by the homeroom teacher, except those marked (*) which are sometimes taught by specialists.
- English Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education*
- World Language (Mandarin Language and Culture OR Dutch**)
- Computer Education
- The Arts*
- Visual Arts (Grades 3-5 only)
*These are sometimes taught by specialists
**Dutch is available on campus through "De Oranje Draak" Dutch School (The Orange Dragon)
- Grade 2: 20 Minutes per night + 10-15 minutes of independent or family reading.
- Grade 3: 30 Minutes per night + 10-15 minutes of independent or family reading.
- Grade 4: 40 Minutes per night + 10-15 minutes of independent or family reading.
- Grade 5: 50 Minutes per night + 10-15 minutes of independent or family reading.