Students learn to use their voices for change and encouragement—thanks to creative teaching and piles of recyclables.
Literacy and foundational skills are at the core of first grade. In language arts, children build confidence and competence in reading, writing, and comprehension. Through our visual literacy program, children’s vocabulary and expressive language expand as they learn to “read” works from the Yale Center for British Art. Their social literacy expands through explorations of identity, stereotypes and culture. Social studies units, in partnership with second grade, expand the children’s ideas about communities. In math, children master basic facts, identify patterns and sequences, and “find” math in everyday experiences. Spanish classes, fun challenges in physical education and an expanded repertoire in music, drama and art extend learning beyond the classroom every day.
In early spring, Kindergartners tap Foote’s sugar maples to learn about making sap into syrup. The unit combines science, math, social studies and language arts, ending with a celebratory sap boil and pancake breakfast.
Assistant Head of School
Beth Mello oversees the school's curriculum development; diversity, inclusion and social justice initiatives; and faculty professional development.