Early Childhood Programs
The Sagemont School expertly combines academic learning experiences and structured play for our youngest learners in a fun, safe and nurturing environment. Our curriculum follows guidelines set by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and is organized according to age and stage of development. Our teachers introduce new concepts and skills as the children progress, while reviewing and re-enforcing existing skills. We are committed to making our curriculum challenging, exciting and meaningful.
Each classroom has a variety of unique learning areas called centers. In centers, children build academic, social and emotional skills while interacting with others, following routines, and engaging in conflict resolution. Teachers change the focus of the centers periodically to stimulate new interests.
Our rigorous elementary school curriculum for the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, foreign language, the arts and health/physical education was developed to be stimulating and challenging, and to meet state and national standards.
Our skilled teachers follow Sagemont Standards, which combine state standards with standards unique to our school. They customize lessons and look for opportunities to enrich the curriculum when students need more challenge or additional instruction.
At The Sagemont School, students are in the center of the learning process. We use an activity-based approach, which integrates both student-centered and teacher-led instruction in the classroom. Students participate in small group learning and are given many opportunities to create and formulate their own ideas.
Enrichment for Students with Exceptional Abilities
While all students participate in classroom enrichment activities, we provide one enrichment class weekly for students in grades 3-5 who possess exceptional abilities. Students with exceptional abilities are identified through various assessments. These students often learn earlier, faster and/or differently, and typically benefit from working with other children with similar abilities.
The needs of students with exceptional abilities are met through appropriate placement, grouping strategies, the use of technology, tailored assignments and personalized learning plans. Teachers are provided with intensive and on-going training to help differentiate instruction in mixed-ability classrooms.
The Sagemont School provides opportunities each day for Lower School students to interact with students and teachers outside of their home classroom. Our art curriculum focuses on fundamental skills and teaches students how to create specific artwork and to appreciate the work of others. The Lower School music program is essential in giving students opportunities for creativity, spontaneity and structure.
A healthy, active lifestyle starts when students are young. Through a variety of sports and exercises, students will develop self-confidence and a positive outlook toward wellness though physical education classes. Additionally, our partnership with The Swim Academy ensures that students develop aquatic awareness, water safety skills, and a lifelong love of the water.
Beginning in first grade students attend Spanish classes twice a week. Students in kindergarten take Spanish once per week. Additionally, we offer a Spanish class twice a week for Spanish speaking students in grades 1-5. The integrative class improves communication and comprehension skills.
Weekly technology classes include a lesson and additional time for book checkout. Students are taught a variety of skills that enable them to evaluate, interpret, and apply information from print and non-print materials. They explore new tools and strategies to fully participate in a connected, technology-rich society.