In second grade, the curriculum focuses on language arts and mathematics as the foundations of academic growth. While standards are high, teachers are sensitive to individual differences in rate of development and learning styles. Basic skills like phonemic awareness, spelling, addition, and subtraction are studied at each grade level so that the child can apply them to widening areas of experience with increasing flexibility and confidence. Students use computers as tools for accomplishing age-appropriate tasks. Homeroom experiences are supplemented with regular classes in science, music, visual arts, dance and physical education. The use of SMART Boards enhances both learning and teaching.
In Grades three and four, children begin to relate ideas to the facts and forms they have learned. They start to be independent thinkers, using with increasing mastery the basic skills they acquired earlier. They come to understand themselves as individuals, forming social relationships through which they distinguish between responsibilities to themselves and to others.
The curriculum focuses on arithmetic operations of all sorts, and, in Language Arts, a growing awareness of style, as well as widening vocabulary and skill in writing. The history program explores Native American culture and the peopling of New York City, then moves into historical civilizations such as China, Mesopotamia, Greece, the Mayan Empire, and Egypt, with an emphasis on the continuing growth of values into our own time. An overview of global and local geography ultimately narrows its focus on Europe and countries around the Mediterranean basin. In science, children develop an increasingly abstract sense of the systems that control our environment. Students choose to study French or Spanish language and culture, focusing on pronunciation and oral comprehension. Music, art, crafts, and drama and dance are an important part of the curriculum; technology is integrated throughout the curriculum. Coordination and fair play are emphasized as central themes of the physical education program.