Kindergarten - Fifth Grade

Lower School (Kindergarten to Grade 5)

Our Lower School is a nurturing, developmentally appropriate, and exciting learning environment.  Our efforts are designed to help children love school by engaging their capacity to wonder, think, and do good for the benefit of others.
• Teachers work in teams to provide a cohesive and engaging academic and social emotional experience for the children.

• Specialists offer instruction in science, music, physical education and wellness, technology, library skills, and Spanish.

Through a wide array of extracurricular experiences, children explore the visual, performing, and musical arts, community outreach, and outdoor education. Ample recess and lunch time offer children the benefits of unstructured play and opportunities to strengthen important social skills.
Public speaking is a key experience in a Foothill education.  Opportunities for children to develop confidence in this skill include daily chapel speeches, poetry recitation and oral reports, and performing in main stage productions.
Caring, experienced teachers create a safe environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every individual and encourages children to aspire to be the best version of themselves in the classroom and on the playground. Our greater concern is that children be given opportunities to act with respect, honesty, and empathy toward others.

Kindergarten and First Grade

The Kindergarten to 1st grade experience is intended to welcome our youngest learners to a challenging academic program that is supported by an age-appropriate social emotional learning curriculum.  Children feel known, safe, and confident.  Small group instruction allows children to be challenged at their highest level as they develop as thinkers and citizens.  A rich and varied language arts experience provides the building blocks for the development of strong reading, writing, and speaking skills that are the hallmarks of a Foothill education.  Mathematics instruction involves an array of group and individual activities and methods that focus on building a solid foundation in skills and concepts so that children are ready to meet the challenges of the next grade level.

Second and Third Grade

In 2nd and 3rd grade, the curriculum is designed to excite, engage, and challenge each young mind.  Instruction builds upon the content, experiences, and skills acquired in Kindergarten and 1st grade.  Teachers foster a sense of growing independence in students and challenge them to learn through inquiry, discussion, and reflection.

• Reading instruction uses a combination of phonics and whole language methods in small group and whole-class instruction to address the needs of children who are approaching or are at an independent reading level.  

• Grammar and vocabulary instruction is integrated with the reading and writing curriculum.  

• Children receive direct instruction in cursive handwriting in an effort to strengthen fine motor skills, focus, and cognitive functioning.

• The mathematics curriculum emphasizes mastery of critical concepts through hands-on learning activities and strategic practice of computation and analysis.  

• In social studies, students learn about communities and cultures and enjoy an in-depth study of California.

By 3rd grade, children demonstrate more responsibility for their learning and develop stronger organization and planning skills within the structure of homerooms.

Fourth and Fifth Grade

During their 4th and 5th grades, children’s intellectual and emotional development starts preparing them for the transition to pre-adolescence.  The challenging academic curriculum builds upon the foundation from Kindergarten through 3rd grade, and provides children with opportunities to learn and practice time management, organization, and self-discipline.
• As fully independent readers, children experience a variety of novels with social or historically relevant themes that are explored through a vigorous course of writing, discussion groups, and projects.

• Mathematics instruction focuses on the development of computation skills and strategies to solve problems as children’s thinking develops from the concrete to complex. An emphasis on numeration, operations, applications, and problem solving prepares children for a greater focus on pre-algebra.  

• Children at this age seek to define themselves and their place in the larger community. Our social emotional curriculum facilitates opportunities to learn effective communication, consideration and tolerance of others, development of teamwork skills, and the strengthening of one’s value system.
By the end of fifth grade, children are prepared for the academic demands and citizenship expectations of life as a pre-adolescent in our Upper School.

1035 W. Harrison Avenue
Claremont, California 91711
Phone: 909-626-5681
Fax: 909-625-4251

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