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Pre-8th Grade Curriculum

Academics and Constructivism at CDS

Constructivism is an educational philosophy that teaches critical thinking and creative problem solving, skills that are essential for 21st century learning.

This academically challenging and creative approach to education is based on:

  • ACTIVE LEARNING: Learning by doing, experiencing, interacting and making.
  • INTERDISCIPLINARY THINKING: Teaching and learning that seek out and explore the connections within and between subjects.
  • EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: Nurturing the social and emotional intelligence of every child with specially-tailored methods.
  • CIVIC-MINDEDNESS: Committing to diversity and focusing on social sustainability.

At CDS, we believe that when children are encouraged to fully engage with complex topics in myriad ways, we are giving them the tools to become lifelong learners and passionate citizens of the world.
 

  Preschool Transitional Kindergarten Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd Grade 4th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Language Arts  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Social Studies  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Math  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Science  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PE  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spanish  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Art  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Music  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Farm & Garden  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Community Based Learning  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Drama & Theater  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
iLab (5th-8th Grades)