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Lower Division

A transformative academic program to engage young minds and promote creative thinking—in two languages

Spanning grades 1-5, the Lower Division represents a time of extraordinary growth. In these years, students cultivate independent study skills and deepen their understanding of what it means to be a member of a community, through a curricular emphasis on the following:

Language immersion in Mandarin or Spanish

Inquiry-oriented learning, from the self to the world

Interdisciplinary study and creativity-boosting projects

Upcoming Events

Introduction to Early Learning Center and Lower Division

Date

December 5th, 2019

Time

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Location

New York

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Inside Look: Project-based Learning in the ELC & Lower Division

Date

December 11th, 2019

Time

8:45 AM

Location

New York

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Language immersion

From learning to read, to reading to learn—in two languages

Lower Division students spend 50% of their time learning in English and 50% learning in a second language: one day in English, one day in Mandarin or Spanish. Building on the foundation of early language they acquired in the ELC, students engage deeply in academic content in both English and their immersion language. Students build fluency as they progress through—rather than repeat—academic material while switching daily between languages.

The Fundamentals

The Lower Division curriculum focuses on inquiry, creativity and building community. The curriculum includes:

  • Reading, writing and spelling in English and either Mandarin or Spanish
  • Science
  • Math
  • The World Course
  • Creative Computation
  • Music and Art
  • Wellness and Movement

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