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. We also participate in the state funded Voluntary Pre-K (VPK) program. 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 curriculum for the core subjects of language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, world language, the arts and physical education was developed to be stimulating and challenging, and to exceed state standards. Our learning outcome approach to curriculum development allows students to participate in small group learning and to create and formulate their ideas.
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. There is a definite emphasis on real world application in every classroom. 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 ongoing training to help differentiate instruction.
At Sagemont, we believe that student driven learning is essential. All students from grades K-12 participate in Student Led Conferences, during which students lead parents through a discussion of their work and established academic and social goals. This process allows the students to take ownership of their learning and be active participants in their progress and intentions for the future. This method also emphasizes critical thinking skills and personal planning, which are essential for student success.
In addition to core subjects, students in grades K–5 participate in specialty classes including art, performing art, physical education, science, innovation lab and Spanish. Students in preschool through 2nd grade also participate in weekly swim lessons. Special classes are taught by content area experts who are able to engage students in specific areas of study.
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 performing art program is essential in giving students opportunities for creativity and spontaneity in a structured environment. This program integrates drama, music and dance. Students will have the opportunity to participate in performances and utilize the Black Box Theatre on our Upper School campus.
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.
Students in Pre-school through 5th grade are immersed in the Spanish language several times weekly. The integrative class improves communication and comprehension skills.
Weekly classes in our Innovation Lab include a S.T.E.A.M. 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. Students learn the fundamentals of coding and participate in hands on engineering lessons and robotics.