Students learn to use their voices for change and encouragement—thanks to creative teaching and piles of recyclables.
Second graders are the “big kids” in their pods. Our looping model encourages strong relationships among students and adults, as children work with the same teachers and classmates from first grade. In second grade, students gain independence; they have more opportunities to read on their own, to engage in extended projects, and to reinforce skills and knowledge. Mandarin Chinese brings a new set of sounds, a new form of print and vibrancy to the classroom. Social studies units encourage students to apply knowledge about New Haven to historical and cultural comparisons: Questions based on “now and then” and “here and there” provide frameworks to consider how our community has changed, or stayed the same, and how it is similar to, or different from, a faraway place.
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.