Specialist Curriculum

Specialist classes are necessary ingredients of a comprehensive and progressive educational program, supporting the development of the whole child.  Students as young as three years old benefit from our specialists in various types of instruction and experiences and our Elementary students get to dive deep into each of these areas of learning to expand who they are and learn more about the world around them.

Art

Art lets children explore their creative visions using a variety of tools and media introduced each week. Preschool 2’s students are exposed to artistic exploration in preschool classes with their teachers and Preschool 3’s and above go to art class with the school’s art teacher. Elementary students meet with the school’s art teacher.

Science

Our Science class brings the wonders of science to our preschool students with experiential learning and integrated outdoor discovery with the school’s science teacher. Elementary students develop understandings and skills necessary to function productively as problem-solvers in a scientific and technological world. Each student is involved in first-hand exploration and investigation and inquiry/process skills are nurtured and expanded with hands-on activities.

Movement and PE

Chance students move to strengthen and exercise growing bodies. Preschool students are exposed to movement and games by meeting with the school’s movement teacher and their primary teachers. Elementary students meet with the school’s PE teacher and learn the value of being physically fit through organized games and activities in the Funroom or on the field.

Music

Students gain an appreciation of music through singing and instrumentation. Preschool 2’s students explore the world of music in their classes with their primary teachers and Preschool 3’s and above go to music class with the school’s music teacher. Elementary students meet with the school’s music teacher and sing a varied repertoire, perform with instruments, read and notate, and learn music’s role in history and culture.

Outdoors Study

Chance’s nature study in an Outdoor Classroom strengthens the natural connection between children and their environment. Students follow their curiosity as they explore topics such as native plant life and native animals, students will touch, smell and learn about the natural world in brand new ways. By exploring their world, children become responsible members of the natural world.

Technology

Technology instruction, under the guidance of the school’s technology specialist in the computer lab, exposes elementary students to various educational apps, the use of the Internet with safe search and best practice querying for reliable sources and practice with keyboarding. Computers, laptops, and iPads are also incorporated appropriately into elementary classrooms to expand learning and enhance research skills.

Foreign Language

Foreign language broadens students’ awareness of other cultures. All students have exposure through theme studies and the sharing of traditions by Chance families and teachers. Preschoolers receive integrated Spanish lessons within their school week for a fun introduction to a foreign language. Elementary students become engaged in experiences that foster cultural understanding and sensitivity along with the use of a second language under the guidance of the Spanish teacher.

Library

With a visit to the library each week, preschool and elementary students experience rich literature, which promotes a love of books and reading. The school’s collection includes award-winning Caldecott and Newbury literature, theme study reference books and parent resource books and is regularly updated, analyzed and refreshed.