Recognizing the great variability of early childhood development, the school combines first and second grades to provide a comfortable and safe environment for learners to grow at their own individual paces, giving each the opportunity to explore multiple social roles of leadership and cooperation throughout the two years. Special attention is given to the range of social-emotional development, and the combination offers ample room for individualized growth.
Beginning academics provide new challenges for these active learners and establish a firm foundation in mathematics, reading, writing, science, social studies and the arts. An integrated and project-based curriculum emphasizes process and encourages inquiry. The multi-age program runs on a two-year cycle. While the routine stays the same, the curriculum rotates. Science and social studies are taught in two-year cycles, and in reading, writing and math, students are able to work at the level that best suits their academic needs. First year students benefit from a mentoring relationship with second year students. Second year students grow in confidence by continuing to learn and hone their skills in an environment in which they feel familiar and comfortable.