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Grades 1 & 2

Grade 1

First graders love to be busy and engaged. Reading and writing skills introduced in Kindergarten are extended with individual and small group work through Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Workshop. The Singapore Math approach is emphasized and supplemented with work that incorporates manipulatives and practice of addition and subtraction fact families. Students learn basic research skills and complete a research report. Science focuses on the life cycle, and a highlight of the year is eating the vegetables the students have planted, maintained, and harvested in the schoolyard garden. The world becomes even more exciting with anaylsis of the past and present, a look at comparative cultures, and an in-depth study of the far-away continent of Antarctica. Each week, Grade 1 students attend classes in art, library, music, Spanish, technology, and physical education, so that they may develop awareness of a wide range of content and practice as well as build essential skills.

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Grade 2

Gillispie’s Grade 2 teachers take advantage of their students’ newfound internal motivation. Children at this level take their work seriously and are therefore given the opportunity to work more independently. The Singapore approach to math focuses on building problem-solving skills and strategies, as well as a deeper level of numeracy. Reading and writing occurs throughout the curriculum as students continue their progress with Lucy Calkins’ Reading and Writing Workshop. Writing is focused primarily in three genres: narrative, argument/opinion, and informative/explanatory, and works towards the creation of multi-paragraph compositions.

As more globally-aware second graders, students engage in studies of cultural traditions, character education, communities/regions, citizenship, geography, government, notable Americans, basic economic principles, and the continent of Europe. These studies are highlighted by two long-term research projects in which students independently study and present their findings. Science becomes a separate class in Grade 2 and students work with the science specialist three times per week. Each week, students also attend classes in art, library, music, Spanish, technology, and physical education, so that they may develop awareness of a wide range of content and practice as well as build essential skills.

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Lower Elementary at a glance

Educational Philosophy:
Social-constructivist inspired

Class Sizes:
10:1 or lower ratio (Grade 1), 14:1 average ratio (Grade 2)

Schedule:
Full-day program  8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Extended Care (optional):
7:30-8 a.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.

2017/18 Tuition*:
$2,138 per month

*Learn more about affording a Gillispie education through financial assistance.