Academics

Early Years

Preschool through Second Grade

*Please note that for the 2016-17 school year we are excited to be returning to a fully-integrated multiage model in which we will offer combined 3 & 4-year-old Pre-K,  and combined Kindergarten/First Grade and Second/Third Grade classes with two lead teachers per homeroom.
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The early years of children's development and education are of profound significance to their lifelong perspective on the world around them and how they operate within it. Serving students in Preschool-3 (children age three by September 1) through Third Grade, High Meadows Early Years program strives to cultivate each student's natural curiosity and to provide them with tools and opportunities to learn through discovery. Early Years students are introduced to key concepts of our mission and guiding principles within the context of fun and interactive activities. Knowledge, skills, wonder, nature, responsibility and compassion are woven into a curriculum designed to emphasize the joy of learning through hands-on experience. Even our youngest students are valued and respected as capable learners, collaborators, contributors, and community members.

Through the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Early Years students inquire and learn in dynamic classrooms rich in literature and experiential materials. Students learn to identify components of the IB learner profiles in their own actions and others', experiment with new processes, perspectives, and activities and, finally, reflect on their learning and how it can be applied. As this is the time when children's learning profile and attitude is forming, we employ experts in early childhood to guide and support our students.

Multiage Pre-K (3 & 4-year-olds)

Young students in our multiage pre-k learn to participate joyfully and responsibly within a new group of friends and embrace ownership of their classroom materials and school environment. Some have been in school settings before and some are newly learning to be away from home. Our commitment is to a compassionate approach, to respecting students as individuals, and to cultivating inspiration to try new things.

Preschool students are surrounded with language through books, songs, fingerplays, and rhymes while math is introduced through counting and sorting activities. Class projects and explorations, fine motor activities, sensory experiences, author and illustrator studies, journaling, and games are introduced in ways that are both developmentally appropriate and fun. Students complete Pre-K with a strong foundation of Kindergarten readiness skills and a high level of confidence in their capabilities as learners and collaborators.

Enrollment Options:

Students age 3 by September 1, 2016
  • 3 Morning (M,W,F) 9 a.m.- Noon
  • 3 Full Days (M,W,F) 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • 5 Full Days (M-F) 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Students age 4 by September 1, 2016
  • 3 Full Days (M,W,F) 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
  • 5 Full Days (M-F) 9 a.m.-3:15 p.m.

*Before and after care is available to all students through the Extended Care program.

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Kindergarten/First Grade

Young learners entering into our Kindergarten/First Grade program come to us filled with excitement, blossoming literacy and math skills, a thirst for experience and information, and a need for activity. At High Meadows, we create a learning environment that offers a wide array of experiences to capitalize on the capacity and enthusiasm of these students. K/1 students express themselves through creative writing and drawing, and practice presentation skills by sharing their knowledge with classmates. Through many opportunities for outdoor play, exploration, and learning, children's need for fresh air and movement is fulfilled within our daily schedule.

K/1 students spend two years in the same classroom, often with the same two teachers. Uninterrupted, extended time with the same students allows teachers to continuously monitor conceptual skill development and to design more sophisticated and complex learning experiences for students. The IB curriculum for Kindergarten and First Grade is made up of 12 units of inquiry, and is on a rotating odd/even schedule so that students work on six new units per year.

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Second/Third Grade

Second and Third graders spend two years in multi-age classrooms. Youngers enter Second Grade joining a group of Elders in their second year in that classroom. Third Grade Elders help the incoming students acclimate to their new classroom both through formal mentorship and by modeling. The multi-age environment allows for flexible grouping and wonderful opportunities for leadership and differentiation. This age group is developmentally ready to stretch their thinking conceptually, execute a greater range of class work with more ease and hold high social expectations for one another.

At this age, students are continuing to strengthen their literacy skills in Guided Reading groups and Writer's Workshop. Math concepts span early addition and subtraction to multiplication and division. Second graders begin cursive handwriting instruction and all students participate in daily journaling and reflection. The IB curriculum for Second and Third Grade is made up of 12 units of inquiry, and is on a rotating odd/even schedule so that students work on six new units per year.

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Field Trips

Early Years field trips slowly progress over the years and are always significant to the PYP unit of inquiry. Because of our large campus, environmental field trips to campus locations are common (i.e. the Grandfather Tree is a 45 minute walk from the center of campus).

Preschoolers do not leave campus for excursions, however, they participate in numerous enrichment programs brought on campus throughout the school year. The Roswell fire truck and ambulance, various music performers or storytellers, and science-based demonstrations are some of our previous planned experiences for preschool-aged children.

Kindergarten and First Grade children also participate in many campus-based enrichments designed for their age group. They enjoy music and storytelling as well as High Touch High Tech science lab experiences. Once a year, K/1 classes go on chartered school buses to an Atlanta-based performance such as the Center for Puppetry Arts.

Second/Third Grade children have access to campus enrichments such as performances and often attend School plays given by upper grade levels. They also participate in High Touch High Tech experiences on campus in sync with PYP units of inquiry. Once or twice a year, the Second/Third Grade children travel on chartered school buses to Atlanta experiences such as the High Museum or the Fernbank Museum. Students also come on campus one night for a stargazing event.

Connections

Our Early Years students have access to wide array of special classes as a part of their day to day curriculum. Learn more about our unique Connections schedule.

 

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