Emotional awareness is the central theme throughout the first grade year. Students work to understand themselves as learners, establishing what they need to learn best, identifying their strengths, and setting personal goals.
A workshop model guides much of the learning. Students engage in mini-lessons, small group instruction, and activities. Homeroom teachers provide instruction in literacy, mathematics, and social studies while specialist teachers engage students in a wide range of subject areas from science and art, music and languages, to technology and wellness.
By the end of the year, first graders have learned to think for themselves and developed social independence by practicing kindness, communication, and empathy, which forms the basis of their friendships and makes them a productive member of the group. Their progress is tracked with developmental tools and assessments.