Fundamental principles that guide our curriculum:
- Learning is an exciting and lifelong process.
- Each person is unique and complex.
- Ethnic, cultural and individual differences are respected and add to the richness of life.
- Students are entitled to a learning environment which is safe, nurturing, and non-prejudicial, and which challenges them to work to their full potential.
Walk into a classroom at The Child’s Primary School (TCPS) and you may see children spread out on the floor with Independent Work, 8th graders huddled around the computer editing a power point presentation, students challenging each other about the significance of an historical event, a weekly class meeting or a seventh grader reworking the prototype for her invention. You may also see a class brainstorming how they can support our current community outreach focus, a 3rd grader taking notes on 3×5 cards for his first big research report or a Kindergartner and 5th grader poring over a book on insects. TCPS classrooms are active laboratories for research, experimentation and critical thinking. It’s no wonder children and teachers love to be here.
A creative, expansive/full, and challenging program
- The arts, technology, Spanish, Physical Education, sports teams, after-school programs, Student Council, and community outreach
- In-depth learning
- Communication skills
- Kindergarten – 8th Grade Math Overviews
- Kindergarten – 8th Grade Social Studies Overviews
- Kindergarten – 8th Grade Science Overviews
Teaching the process of how to learn
- Breaking things down into meaningful smaller steps
- Critical thinking
- Recognition of different learning styles
- Providing a variety of opportunities to express and demonstrate learning
- Self evaluation
- How to be a student
Attention to individual needs
Social emotional program
- Safe environment to learn
- Diversity and tolerance
- Interpersonal relationships
Consistency and Community
- Class sizes no larger than 12 students (grades K-2), 16 students (grades 3-8)
- Cross-age activities
- Parent/family commitment and involvement
- Open, respectful, steady communication