In addition to the Montessori curriculum,
we offer the following special programs:
Weekly music classes are offered to all of the students.
Our music specialists bring a passion for and a joy of music. Students
sing, play instruments, and learn music theory. The students share their
accomplishments during Arts Night at
the end of the school year.
Art is available in the classroom at all times, including
drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, theater, performance, puppetry,
carpentry, animation, and various crafts. We also visit museums, attend
performances and invite specialists in their field to share their passions.
Foreign Language Classes
Foreign language classes are offered weekly to all students.
We have offered French, Spanish, Italian, German, Japanese, Chinese, depending
on students' interests.
A jr. high student showing preschoolers her International Day display.
In late October the classes host an International Day celebration.
The oldest students are ambassadors from their chosen country (complete with
set up with items from their country--food, costumes, art, maps, etc.). Parents
and friends come into the classrooms to share their heritage or travels with
the students. International games and treats are shared, and a good time
is had by all.
We ski and snowboard every year at Ragged
Mountain in Danbury for 5 Fridays. Parents are encouraged to
come to ski as well! We have lessons in the morning and then ski
for the rest of the day. Skiing is a great opportunity for the children
to exercise their independence, responsibility, and sense of accomplishment.
It is amazing to watch how quickly the students become great skiers.
Two first grade students skiing.
The Jr. High Class trip to Italy.
The Preschool students take 2 major trips in the school
year; a trip to an apple orchard, and in the spring, a trip to a maple
sugaring farm. During the preschool summer
camp, field trips are taken weekly.
The Elementary students take many field trips throughout the year to
complement the curriculum and the interests of the students. There is
also an annual overnight camping trip for all Elementary students. The
Jr. High has an Odyssey trip in the Spring (check out our pictures from
London and Iceland in May 2003).