Education at the Elementary School: Grades K-4
Students in Kindergarten through 4th grade work together in teams to discover, explore, and learn topics in the humanities, math, and science. Our goal is to foster a love of learning, literature, numbers, and facts. Teachers work together across curricula to encourage curiosity and explore topics from many angles.
Elementary school students explore visual arts, dramatic arts, music, and performance. Students learn to use their artistic vision, voices, and bodies with honest expression to tell stories and to convey emotions and ideas. Weekly visits to specialists' classrooms encourage regular connection with artistic expression.
The K–8 physical education program at Prospect Sierra is built around the premise that all students benefit from experiences that develop their physical and emotional health. Our guiding philosophy is “Fitness for Life,” and as such, our program is designed to provide students with a strong knowledge base and foster an appreciation of movement and exercise.
The elementary school library provides a rich environment for fostering a love of books and reading. Weekly classes include book talks, read-aloud stories, learning activities, and introductions to authors and various genres. Students learn how to navigate the library’s electronic catalog, access online resources, and find books that suit both their interests and research needs.
The librarian and academic technology teachers work together with the teachers to develop curriculum and provide supporting materials that help students become successful learners and develop critical thinking skills.
Throughout our K-4 curriculum, our students become ecoliterate, learning to understand the concept of sustainability in increasingly complex ways as they engage with their school environment, neighborhood, and the larger community.