Academics

Lower Division Curriculum

The Avenues Lower Division provides each child with the social and academic skills needed to interact and explore the world as a confident and effective learner. We have developed a rich, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on inquiry, discovery, creativity and building community.

We understand that the primary responsibility of elementary education is the acquisition of academic and study skills. However, academic skills learned in isolation do not create enthusiastic students and life-long learners. Through our curriculum we will provide children with real and meaningful opportunities to use their skills both as a member of a community and as independent learners.

While we set clear expectations for learning, we also approach instruction with the understanding that each child’s development is unique and individual. Through the use of differentiated instruction, we help ensure academic success.

To view the Lower Division curriculum, please click here.

Core Curriculum

In the Lower Division, our teachers implement hands-on, experiential activities to enable students to acquire essential skills, engage in creative thinking, broaden knowledge, and deepen understanding. Language immersion is a critical part of the curriculum. The Lower Division curriculum includes:

  1. Reading, writing and spelling
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science, with an emphasis on the natural world
  4. Chinese or Spanish (partial immersion)
  5. The World Course
  6. Keyboarding and technology fundamentals
  7. Music
  8. Art
  9. Physical education at the Avenues gymnasium and at Chelsea Piers
  10. Life skills

A core element of the Lower Division curriculum for each grade is thematic studies, culminating in a significant project requiring considerable independent work. These themes could be tied to the World Course that spirals through the Avenues curriculum.

A chart of the Lower Division curriculum is available here.

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