Our curriculum is designed to support toddlers through elementary students by instilling a love of learning and creating a lifetime connection to adults who will forever believe in them. We stretch students to ask questions, seek information, think critically, solve problems creatively, and communicate in a variety of ways.
GCS provides an exciting learning environment that includes a challenging and researched based curriculum, hands-on and experiential learning, along with rich and meaningful community engagement. The learning environment and lessons are developmentally appropriate to each multi-age grouping. Teachers differentiate instruction based on individual academic and developmental readiness. Children learn to set goals and take responsibility for their own learning. GCS supports its teachers to continually challenge themselves to learn and grow as educators, to embody best practices and to initiate innovative methods. GCS recognizes that children are capable of contributing to their education and community and, to that end, provides opportunities for leadership, collaboration and engaging with the challenges of a complex world.
Our school recognizes the obligation of parents and educators to provide our next generation with a scholarly foundation based in the ideals of tolerance, resilience, and respect. We view parents as the first teachers of their children and understand the importance of a strong relationship between each family and the school. This relationship is crucial for children to be successful and confident as they move through their school experience.
Enrichment: All our students study music, Spanish and visual art. These subjects tie directly to students’ core studies in literature, social studies, math, and science.
Assessments: We are a non-graded school. We hold bi-annual parent/student/teacher conferences. Students set personal goals and compile portfolios of their work, while teachers provide skills-based assessments and detailed narratives describing students’ academic, social, emotional, and physical progress.
Young children thrive in our small, multi-age classes of 12 students where teachers focus on individual needs and development through play. Exciting, hands-on activities and frequent outdoor play support all developmental areas: physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
Our school community creates a nurturing learning environment guided by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy and supported by the multi-sensory education curriculum of Orton Gillingham and Heggerty.
We are a learning community where students work individually and collaboratively. Teachers arrange classrooms and design lessons to promote discussion and teamwork. Our elementary program is developmentally appropriate and inquiry-based, nurturing creativity and providing a strong academic foundation. The researched based curricula listed below emphasizes creative problem-solving, analytical thinking and communication skills.