The school has a number of programs that support curricular goals and which are threaded throughout the school year in different ways and at different times. The Program Coordinator is responsible for overseeing them. For example:
- Kids Helping Kids is designed to give each of the children in grades four to six an opportunity over several weeks to have a significant teaching experience with a younger schoolmate.
- The Standardized Testing Program is designed chiefly to provide the school with helpful data about student performance, and also to help our students develop standardized test taking skills.
- The Social Justice Program is implemented annually in grades K-6, with new topics and activities addressed as children move up the grade ladder. This program contains three strands—Equity and Justice, Sustainable Living, and Peace and Nonviolence.
- The Sexuality Education Program is taught in grades 1-6 each spring. This program uses classic children’s books to address various aspects of this topic in age appropriate ways.
- The Leadership Program provides students in grades five and six with ‘step-up’ opportunities that acknowledge their older status and develop their leadership skills.
- The Affective Education Program seeks to encourage positive emotional growth and the development of social skills. Each week classes use one of their class meetings for a ‘feedback’ session—a formalized group conversation designed to promote open, honest communication among class members.
- The Advisory Program is for children in sixth grade, who meet weekly in small groups. The Advisory Program follows a year long agenda of topics, many about the various aspects of the transition into a new school; others about internet safety, bullying, handling peer pressure, good study habits, keeping organized, and maintaining good lines of communication with grown-ups.
- The Tutorial Program addresses in school, at no added cost to parents, the needs of students who require extra support.