Cognitive Development
  • To develop problem-solving skills
  • To develop critical-thinking skills
  • To master academic skills in all basic subject areas appropriate to promoting the utilization of their full potential
  • To provide opportunities to strengthen each level of multiple intelligence

Language Arts and Literacy
  • To develop literacy skills that will promote lifetime enjoyment of reading at home, school and the workplace
  • To help students share ideas using words within a group
  • To encourage students to use words properly
  • To expand students’ expressive and receptive vocabularies in print and in speech within each of the academic subject areas
  • To help students respond to open-ended questions
  • To help students employ the full array of the language arts to express thoughts and feelings

  • To follow standards of the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics to promote mathematical thinking including…
  • Problem solving
  • Reasoning
  • Mathematics as communication
  • Mathematical connections
  • Real world mathematical concepts

  • To follow the standards of national science commissions such as the National Center for Improving Science Education including…
  • To develop students' innate curiosity about the world
  • To broaden students’ procedural and thinking skills for investigating the world, solving problems and making decisions
  • To increase students’ knowledge of the natural world
  • To incorporate the nine basic concepts for K-6 identified by the National Center for Improving Science Education: systems, models, constancy and change, scale, organization, cause and effect, structure and function, variations, and diversity

Social Studies
  • To promote an understanding of ourselves and the world around us including…
  • An age-appropriate appreciation for human systems, physical systems, places and regions, the environment and society
  • A willingness to participate in improving the quality of life in the community, the nation, and the world
  • The ability to take the perspectives of, cooperate with, work with and respect others
  • Respect for historical lessons as a guide and direction for the future

Emotional Development
  • To provide a safe, stable, nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment
  • To build self-esteem by giving students opportunities to experience success
  • To promote and acknowledge students’ positive accomplishments
  • To help students understand their own feelings and the feelings of others
  • To encourage students to express their feelings through words
  • To help students learn and use self-management skills
  • To help students cope with difficult situations and frustration
  • To help students become more self-sufficient and competent by having them take care of their own needs as much as possible
  • To help students develop self-regulation skills

Social Development
  • To help students enjoy their own company and the company of others
  • Provide students with appropriate role models
  • To help students learn to get along with others, respect the rights of others, wait patiently, and empathize
  • To help students develop a theory of mind so they can understand the viewpoint of others
  • To help students develop friendships
  • To provide opportunities to learn about fair play, good manners, kindness, and cooperation
  • To help students take care of themselves and the environment around them
  • To promote positive social interactions with other children, family members and other adults

Physical Development
  • To help students respect the physical safety and well-being of others
  • To master age-appropriate large and small motor skills
  • To appreciate the benefits of physical exercise for strength, growth, and coordination