The Lower Elementary program at The Discovery School inspires students socially, academically, physically, and emotionally while encouraging ownership of their actions and beliefs.
The Discovery School offers a prepared Lower Elementary and International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme environment for children Third through Fourth grade. The Lower Elementary program is comprised of two classrooms which provide a full-day class (from 8:00am - 3:10pm) for Third- and Fourth-grade learners. The learner to teacher ratio in each classroom is 10:1 or less, with one teacher who possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and a supporting, associate teacher. All teachers have received a minimum Level 1 training from the International Baccalaureate Organization.
The Lower Elementary classrooms are housed in the newest building on campus, the Walchle Multipurpose Building. There are indoor and outdoor learning environments including the Edible Schoolyard, playground and playing field. The classroom is designed to aid in the cognitive, emotional, social and academic development of children between the ages 8 to 10 years.
Each year of the two-year cycle, learners are immersed into six strategic IB units. These six units provide learners’ opportunities to explore topics of interest. Curriculum strands are woven together into thematic units of study. Project work stimulates learner motivation towards culminating IB symposiums.
The Lower Elementary program is divided into three main components: core instruction in math and language, independent work cycle, and unit inquiry time. Learners participate in daily math and literacy enrichment through Reading, Writing and Math Workshops. In addition, novel studies provide learners with exposure to sophisticated vocabulary, comprehension strategies, and fluent reading. The independent work cycle is designed for learners to work on individualized assignments based on their current level of performance. Inquiry time provides students with opportunities to explore topic related to our current unit of study through project-based learning.
Curriculum Guide coming soon!