At The School at Columbia, our Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2 students are learning about themselves, their families and their community. The Primary Division program focuses on building a strong foundation for all aspects of learning, and developing skills necessary for school success. We teach literacy, math, and social and emotional learning within the context of a conceptual, integrated, multi-disciplinary curriculum. The commitment to nurturing the young child is reflected in small classes with two or three teachers per class. Getting to know each child well is a priority for teachers in this division. Before the first day of school, each child is offered a visit by their teachers at home.
The school year begins with activities that help students build classroom routines and structures, while achieving a sense of community with their classmates and environment. Teachers build relationships with students in a variety of ways, getting to know their interests, personalities, family values, and learning styles in addition to their academic skills through individual assessments of literacy and math. At several points throughout the year, teachers collect data on each student in order to differentiate instruction of foundational academic and social skills for a diverse range of learning styles. Learning objectives for each grade level that are appropriate for the developmental needs of the age are a mainstay of the Primary Division.
We celebrate friendship every day and look forward to buddy time with our older class partners. We buddy read in each other’s classrooms, and host buddies to celebrate the 100th day of school. Being in the Primary Division is like being part of one large extended family where each member is recognized and appreciated every day.
Primary Division Director