Lower and Middle School
We provide a rich variety of subjects and activities for lower, or elementary, school students (grades 1-5) and middle school students (grades 6-8), all taught in harmony with the different stages of child development. Our interdisciplinary approach weaves movement and art throughout the day, yet we also provide time to focus on specific subjects during morning lesson blocks and subject classes. Your child has the opportunity to engage deeply in activities that promote originality, connectedness, and resilience through developmentally appropriate lessons. Students practice movement, world languages, handwork, singing, recorder, string instruments, and performing arts in an environment that inspires them to do their best.
Our students emerge with knowledge, courage, enthusiasm, creativity, and a solid sense of how to reason. They meet the world ready to face life’s challenges.
Across the grades, spending time outdoors is an important aspect of our educational approach. Here two grade 1 students enjoy the sunshine and outdoor playtime during morning recess.
Handwork is an integral and purposeful part of our curriculum. In grade 2, students continue to build on skills they developed in grade 1 as they knit their colorful, hand-crafted flute cases.
Completing their first independent research projects, grade 3 students chose a style of shelter to research as part of their studies on houses and structures, from native dwellings through modern-day homes. They each complete a written assignment, create a diorama, and give an oral presentation about their chosen dwelling.
In grade 4, students each choose an animal to study for their Zoology class. This is the age where "reading to learn" begins to become a focus, so they read non-fiction books about the animal, work from an outline, write a report, and create a diorama displaying the habitat and animal itself.
Watch as students discuss their projects.
In grade 5, students work with decimals and fractions. They also study ancient history. Our teachers creatively weave these disciplines together to create a rich, multifaceted, and immersive learning experience by, for example, reading Homer's Odyssey, basing the class play on this epic poem, and exploring how decimals and fractions are used in the Olympics for scoring.
As part of their history studies, grade 6 students examine the life of the Buddha. They might read stories from Thich Nhat Hanh's Old Path White Clouds biography of the Buddha and visit a local Buddhist monastery — the Temple Forest Monastery in Temple, NH, — sharing a silent meal with the monks, learning a bit about silent meditation, and asking questions.
Grade 6 students learn about the Golden Age of Islam, beginning with the birth of the prophet Muhammad. The students begin the exploration of the Arabic language by painting either their names or Islamic passages in Arabic. They engage in a discussion about Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, and learn about the many accomplishments and inventions of the Islamic Empire and how they have contributed to societies throughout the world.
As part of their geography block, grade 7 students hone their research and reporting skills with an emphasis on gleaning and then sharing information in a variety of ways: illustrations, charts, maps, writing, and creative projects.
In Organic Chemistry class, grade 8 students perform experiments with Benedict's solution. (On this day they happened to be dressed in Halloween costumes!)
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