Mastery of academic skills is the driving challenge in grades 1-3. As your child becomes a competent reader, writer, and mathematician, they are intellectually empowered to discover their world in new and exciting ways. 

The lower elementary grades consist of a dedicated 1st grade class and combined 2nd/3rd grade classes, with a variety of grade-specific and mixed-age groupings. The program places a strong emphasis on basic skill development and increasing academic challenge within an integrated, interdisciplinary, hands-on curriculum with a broad cultural perspective.

Major units integrate student inquiry into class projects. Computer technology is introduced in 3rd grade. Students develop independence by choosing their work during work times and by managing weekly homework assignments. They also learn to present their work to each other and to their families.