Primary School Information
The faculty and staff work diligently to achieve the school’s mission of preparing students to meet and/or exceed the New York State standards in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
Students in grades kindergarten through second learn Spanish through the Dual Language model, where the language of instruction alternates between English and Spanish. Students in grades third through sixth continue their Spanish studies during the Spanish Language Arts block.
The faculty and staff view themselves as self-reflective, continuous learners. Parents are encouraged to be active participants in their children’s educational program.
The school believes in hands-on learning. Therefore, the instruction is delivered in a workshop model where teachers begin with a focused, standards-based, explicit mini-lesson, followed by a work period which enables students to practice their new learning in focused center groups.
Math instruction: teachers use the NYS Math Modules, which correlate to the Common Core Standards and the expectations of the New York State assessments.
ELA grades K-2: students use the Wonders/Maravillas program for their language arts instruction. It is a comprehensive program that has print and digital resources to help build a strong literacy foundation.
ELA grades 3-6: students use the NYS ELA Modules, which were created to teach the rigor, intent, and depth of the Common Core Standards. Students participate in the 100 Book Challenge and are provided with independent reading opportunities on a daily basis.
To further enrich the curriculum, teachers set up unique opportunities for students that include them getting out into the community, participating in service projects or having guest speakers come in to meet with them.
Extended Learning Time
Our Extended Learning Time Program runs Monday-Thursday daily from 4:30-6:00 pm. Students participate in different clubs(dance, drumming, physical activities, arts, and craft) showcasing their work at the end of each 10-week session. Students are served dinner from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.