Academics: Lower School
Download Curriculum Overview 2011-12
Early Childhood Division (grades PK-1)
It is a particularly exciting time in the world of science and education–especially with regard to learning in the early years. Research findings from a variety of academic fields, including neuroscience, developmental psychology, and early childhood education, converge on the same two points: 1) the quality of a child’s early learning environment impacts that child’s ability to learn throughout life; 2) young children are capable of learning much more, much earlier than was previously thought.
The faculty and staff of our early childhood division, which serves students in grades prekindergarten through first, strive for excellence by keeping abreast of the latest research and by using their knowledge and experience to provide dynamic, hands-on, problem-solving experiences that build key intellectual and emotional skills to their utmost. On a visit to our classrooms you will likely see students who are comfortable and engaged, up from their seats, working in cooperative groups, and partnering with their teachers to expand their ability to learn. You will see children who are excited about growing their knowledge and abilities. From math games and modeled and shared writing in prekindergarten and junior kindergarten, to taking the first small steps toward public speaking in senior kindergarten and first grade, St. George’s unique style of education provides opportunities to grow in competence, knowledge base, intellectual flexibility, self confidence, and enthusiasm for learning in a setting that emphasizes individuality and the growth of character and faith.
Elementary Division (grades 2-5)
The elementary division nurtures the growth and development of our students in second through fifth grade. This division supports and focuses on continued growth of the whole child.
When roaming through our classrooms, one is likely to see students engaged in rigorous, student-centered academic programs that provide them with opportunities to think critically and apply their skills at challenging levels. Realizing the value of strong study skills and a commitment to academic excellence, faculty often ask students to work in collaborative groups, participate in research, and engage in problem-solving. Throughout their years in the elementary division, students develop leadership and team building skills. Under the guidance of our Chaplain/Director of Student Life, character education and moral values are reinforced in a faith-based life skills program. Additionally, through a variety of community service projects, students in the elementary division continue to develop their awareness of the greater community. Multiple academic and art programs promote the development of gifts and talents outside of the classroom. Students are able to cross the bridge from the early childhood grades to the middle school with poise and confidence because they are aware of the partnership and support system provided by their families and the faculty and administrators involved in the elementary division.