Our reading program supports and challenges students at developmentally appropriate levels as they progress along the path to becoming lifelong readers. Through a solid foundation of reading strategies, techniques, and responsive assessments, students’ reading abilities develop as they explore a culturally diverse collection of fiction and non-fiction texts. As students proceed through to Middle School, they use those foundational skills to engage texts through critical analysis and discussion.
As writers, students follow a similar path. All students are writers; from kindergarten to eighth grade, each student develops as a critic and story teller by learning the writing process. Using Writing Workshop, we emphasize both grammatical precision and the development of personal expression. Teachers work with students one-on-one and in whole class workshops, discussing strengths and areas of growth as students develop their voices. We emphasize editing and revising as key elements of improvement. Through this reflective process, students become thoughtful and creative writers.