Our main objective is to expose each child to a wide variety of activities that will enhance growth in five major areas of development: cognitive, language, motor, social and emotional. Skills and concepts are introduced through centers, stories, songs, art projects, hands-on activities and manipulatives.
Kindergarten builds strong reading and writing fundamentals. Small learning groups and exposure to a variety of reading methods ensure each child is reading by the end of the year. In the GSES Early Education Program, every day is a day to celebrate!
Primary/Intermediate – 1st to 5th grades
During the Lower School years, students develop study skills, report writing skills and organizational skills using planners. Creative writing, higher mathematics, research/scientific process, computer science concepts and increasing personal responsibility are emphasized as students progress academically and emotionally.
Language Arts are taught with phonics, sight words, reading and writing along with novels, stories and word roots. Math utilizes activities and manipulatives. Students work in small groups and one-on-one with their teachers, and work is kept fun with plenty of games, puzzles and brainteasers. Every other week, older children mentor younger “book buddies” as they read together.
Classes also attend Theatre IV productions, perform for Grandparents Day and enjoy field trips.
Middle School – 6th to 8th grades
Our Middle School emphasizes being and becoming your personal best, taking responsibility and preparing for high school and beyond.
The curriculum provides study skills classes, mid-term and final exams as well as expanded projects. Students develop social skills and moral awareness.
The Middle School day consists of a modified block schedule with longer class periods for core academic subjects. The integrated academic curriculum and activities are enhanced with foreign language, art, computer science, performing arts, public speaking and physical education classes. Our advanced math track allows students to move at a more challenging pace. Eighth grade students have the opportunity to receive high school credit for their Spanish I and Algebra I classes.