Curriculum

Although the following sections describe curriculum within traditional disciplines, most learning in the Lower School takes place through integrated work involving two or more subject areas. Often a thematic approach is employed, involving children in an interdisciplinary experience connecting language, math, science, social studies, and the arts. This practice allows students to study topics in a richer, more realistic way, and helps them better see the relationships between various points of view.

Though thematic studies are more than the sum of their parts, it is important to identify and acknowledge the essential nature of these building blocks of the curriculum. Teachers and students are also mindful of the components involved in interdisciplinary work. Each discipline contains skills and content that are important to convey, whether in the course of thematic studies or in more isolated work. The essential goals and topics in each subject area are listed in the sections that follow.