1055 Willeo Road
Roswell, Georgia 30075
Dynamic learning is an exhilarating (and sometimes messy) process as children explore and connect with the world. Early childhood is the time when children’s learning profiles and attitudes about education are forming. To nurture this, our Early Years teachers cultivate Kindergarten-Third Grade students’ natural curiosity and provide them with tools and opportunities to learn through discovery, supporting and guiding them along the way. Our multi-age grade configuration is made up of classroom communities comprised of Kindergarten and First graders together, and Second and Third graders together.
Our Early Years curriculum focuses on core subject content, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity. Through the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP), students inquire and learn in classrooms rich in experiential materials, global perspective and cross-disciplinary learning. They learn to identify components of the IB learner profiles in their own actions and in others, experiment with new processes, perspectives, and activities, and reflect on their learning and how it can be applied.
In our private Kindergarten/First Grade classes, we teach social and emotional skills along with core academic subjects, a combination that provides the foundation students need for both long-term academic success and personal growth. At the beginning of each year, we set this foundation by guiding students to create essential agreements which fundamentally emphasize kindness and respect. Also, Kindergarten at High Meadows brings a treasured rite of passage as students begin weekly pony rides which they continue in First Grade.
Our Second/Third Grade students build on the academic and social-emotional skills they have learned in younger grades. In addition to expanding their core academic learnings, students continue to practice problem solving, conflict resolution, and collaboration, empathy, and leadership skills. They also gain expanded time to care for and play with the beloved campus animals.
One of the most unique features of our Early Years program is the diversity in experiences students encounter through Connections classes. Connections provide learning experiences that enable Kindergarten/First and Second/Third students to link academic and extra-curricular disciplines in meaningful ways. At High Meadows, these classes aren’t “extra,” they are critical to the full educational experience of our students and are closely tied to the classroom curriculum and units of inquiry.
Students participate in the following classes and activities weekly or bi-weekly, depending on their grade level: visual arts, theatre arts, music, library, instructional technology, Spanish, physical education, environmental education, and pony rides/animal care.
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