Third graders become history detectives, unearthing an archeological mystery from early 1800s.
A highlight of fifth grade is the autumn overnight trip to an outdoor education center on the Skungamaug River, which establishes core curricular themes: ecology and community. Fifth graders practice stewardship by managing the campus-wide recycling program. Science classes focus on environmental responsibility; the year culminates with students designing and building solar-powered ovens. Social studies classes delve into the early communities of Egypt and Greece. Students identify cultural values through myths, write and perform plays, and prepare artistic projects based on ancient themes and characters. In addition to decimals, fractions and other numeric forms, math connects with social studies through lessons about early number systems and the ways that early civilizations used math.
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.