Fostering joyful learners from kindergarten to fifth grade
Kindergarten: Self and Seasons — Placing Yourself in the World
In kindergarten, children spend time learning about themselves and their natural environment. The bulk of their time is spent in play, much of that play taking place with the open-ended, un-gendered, “loose parts” provided by nature. This play is complemented by more direct and project-based instruction, in which children are exposed of concepts of print, mathematics, science and art. The academic focus is on asking questions and thinking about oneself as a learner, as well as practicing “student behaviors."
First and Second Grade: People and Places — Discovering and Developing your Skills, Learning about your Community
In our first- and second-grade program, our dynamic team nurtures young learners through the blossoming of their academic talents, and continues to foster their social and emotional skills. Students look inward as they develop the skills of reading, writing, mathematics and other academic disciplines. They look outward to their peers, teachers and parents, and the greater community of Seattle and beyond. Instruction takes place mostly indoors, with purposeful field trips to enhance learning.
Third, Fourth and Fifth Grade: People, Otherness and Our Environment
Our oldest students start looking toward the world and their place in it. Children in this age group are full of bold ideas and big questions, and our inspiring teachers help them shape this curiosity and passion for learning into meaningful projects and adventures. Through exploration, our students continue building their strong academic foundations, preparing them to be independent, resourceful, confident students in middle school.