The purpose of the elementary program is to build skills in numeracy, inquiry, language acquisition, and bi-literacy. We are a community where all stakeholders are excited about our programs and love coming to school.
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A General Overview
At SCCS, core subjects are taught in English in self-contained classrooms with materials and texts from the United States. Grades pre-kinder through second grade have three sections (a maximum of 18 students per classroom) and grades three to five have two sections (a maximum of 27 students per classroom). Teacher-student ratios are very favorable since every class has a teaching assistant either part or all of the day to provide extra help, enrichment and monitoring that will ensure success for individual students. Currently, there are around 330 students in elementary and every classroom has access to the internet, an LCD projector, an Elmo device and some have Smart Boards. When students are in second grade, instruction in Spanish begins.
During the past few years, the elementary curriculum has been completely updated to reflect best practice programs. In Literacy, SCCS adopted the units of study from the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia university. A huge investment has been made in the past three years to support the program including: funding a literacy coach position, investing in professional development and classroom libraries. Social Studies and Science plans were written and additional resources were used to complete an elementary Science lab and purchaseFOSS kits. The Eureka program in Math was adopted school wide and a Math coach helped with the implementation. Phonics, Words Their Way, and the First Step curriculum for social emotional development has recently been adopted. Overall, the curriculum reflects best practice and mirrors the curriculum of other academically challenging schools around the world.
Besides core subjects, students at SCCS receive instruction in special areas which broadens and enriches their educational experience. Music, Band, Art, P.E. and Technology are also taught in English and students attend these classes twice weekly from kinder to fifth grade. In second grade, when students have developed a sound base in English phonics and structure, students also attend Spanish classes.
*Music, Band, and Art
Within the arts program, each child is encouraged to develop his/her creativity in a number of ways. Children learn to sing, play recorders and other instruments, and express rhythm in corporal activities. Music appreciation, history and musical notation are part of the elementary music curriculum. Every other year there is either an elementary musical or talent show. Band classes begin in fifth grade with school owned instruments available through a rental program. Art classes for kindergarten through grade five emphasize a variety of mediums and techniques including: ceramics, drawing, painting, working with textiles, and handicrafts.
Students from kinder to fifth grade also have bi-weekly classes in the well-equipped elementary lab. The elementary program also has an ipad cart and students bring their own devices from grades three to five. The elementary technology teacher also aids teachers with technology integration in their homerooms.
Physical activity is an important part of students´ experience at SCCS. Pre-kinder students have PE with their classroom teacher and kinder through fifthe grade have bi-weekly classes. An important part of the PE curriculum is developing gross motor skills in a fun way and, over the course of their years at SCCS, students will be exposed to a variety of activities and games. Additionally, through the extra-curricular program, students can practice: soccer, basketball, and