Primary School Program

CURRICULUM

Our Primary school program is located at our Waldo School location. We currently offer grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. All of our primary school students participate in the International Baccalaureate curriculum, taught by teachers who participate in IB-accredited professional development opportunities.

Students inquire into the core subject areas each day, including mathematics, language arts (reading and writing), science, and social studies.

In addition to the core curriculum, student learning is supplemented throughout the week by extracurricular subjects, each of which is taught by a specialized outside instructor. Physical education, art, music and Spanish classes are taught by IB-certified teachers, and connections are made to the classroom unit of inquiry wherever possible. Students are also introduced to swimming, chess, and robotics and programming. Primary school students have access to a range of additional learning areas within the school, including a gymnasium, indoor pool, outdoor play space, and multimedia and library space.

SCHEDULE

Throughout their day, students are engaged in a range of both core and supplementary school subjects. In the afternoon, students also have the option of participating in our extended day program, which includes a snack period and daily extracurricular activities, such as soccer, gymnastics, ballet and silly science, among many others.

Below is a sample schedule for our primary school program:

8:30 – 8:45Morning Work
8:45 – 10:15Unit of Inquiry
(Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies)
10:15 – 10:30Snack
10:30 – 12:00Unit of Inquiry
(Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies)
12:00 – 12:30Lunch
12:30 – 1:00Recess
1:00 – 2:00Specialist Class
Music, Art, Spanish, Physical Education,  Drama and Public Speaking, Robotics and Coding
2:00 – 3:00Unit of Inquiry
(Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies)

A LOOK INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Throughout the week, you will find our students engaged in a range of inquiry-based and exciting learning experiences, which might include:

Jersey City Preschool, Elementary and Middle School. Private School Infants to 8th Grade.