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Academics & Curriculum

Lower School Academics & Curriculum

Walking into the Lower School, each child begins a new journey into learning. Our community celebrates the joy of working and playing together. Children are encouraged to explore their diverse world, expand their creativity, develop their sense of self, and build lasting friendships. Teachers provide an enriched environment that nurtures our core values of honesty, respect, generosity of spirit, and best efforts. Our mission statement, “Inspiring scholars, athletes, and artists to serve and lead others,” drives our rigorous and innovative curriculum in the classroom, on the field or stage, and in the community. The personal teacher-student connection fosters self-expression, inquiry, critical thinking, and risk-taking. Together, we pursue our passion to be lifelong learners.

Your child benefits from specialist teachers in Art, Music, Spanish, Library, and PE. Weekly class activities with our school counselor build social-emotional learning capacities. Technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Friday Assemblies provide performance opportunities for all K-5 students. Student Council positions offer students a chance to lead and serve our Lower School.

At Saint George’s, our teachers are free to develop a comprehensive curriculum that strives to propel the child towards their potential. Each child is empowered to take ownership of their learning and is encouraged to translate their knowledge into action and reflection. Collaborating with others or working individually, children receive a solid foundation in the core subjects with emphasis in developing 21st Century Skills and global awareness.

Below are some very brief summaries of each grade’s curriculum to give you a window into the classrooms. These just begin to scratch the surface of the vibrancy our program offers.

Kindergarten at SGS is an all-day program that provides many experiences to help your child grow socially, emotionally, physically, creatively, and intellectually. Individual, small and whole group instruction fosters the developmental skills for each child in reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Play is valued for it strengthens problem solving skills and builds friendships. The Neighborhoods and Communities unit especially pulls together teamwork, collaboration, and negotiation amongst our “Littlest Dragons”.

First grade is a time to delve deeper into the content areas of math, reading, writing, science and social studies. Children are expected to move from the concrete level in learning math to the pictorial and into the symbolic level of understanding. Fluency in reading is strengthened and comprehension skills are developed. Publication of stories and books showcase the writing process. The annual Rumpus in the Rainforest musical presentation ties together science, social studies, reading, and performance skills.

Second graders integrate the skills of reading, writing, and speaking in their class presentations throughout the year. The children read to learn information. Responsibility and independence are vital while working on multiple-step projects. Highlights include dissecting owl pellets, exploring the 50 states, book club celebrations, being an American hero in the class wax museum, studying Native American cultures, performing Aesop Fables, and service learning projects.

Third graders transition into the “intermediate grades” by taking more ownership for their learning. Keyboarding and cursive writing are formally introduced and developed throughout the year. The writing process is an integrated component of the curriculum. Children work cooperatively and individually on projects and experiments to explore the scientific process. The Family Heritage unit beautifully combines social studies, language arts, and public speaking.

Fourth grade’s comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum fosters critical thinking, inquiry, connecting learning to the world, and reflecting on the learning experience. Fourth-grade highlights include: Little Spokane River Environmental/Water Studies, Invasive Species Studies, Macroinvertebrates, Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery, 4th & 5th Grade Montana Adventure, WSU Art and NW Animal Museums, Monthly Book Clubs, Math is Cool, and math investigations.

Fifth grade abounds with leadership opportunities. Capstone projects are a central part of the fifth-grade curriculum and include the Living Artists Exhibit, where each child is transformed into an impressionist artist, and the fifth-grade musical stage production. Other highlights include: a canoe trip down the Little Spokane River, Ellis Island simulation, Bridge Building, Foundation and Types of Government, Genius Time, 4th-5th Grade Montana Adventure, and a ski trip. The fifth graders eagerly anticipate moving on to the Middle School.

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   Letters from Rick Petrini, Head of Lower School

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