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Class 3

The Class 3 students experience a traditional, self-contained classroom where the curriculum focuses on building a firm foundation of skills and study habits. The homeroom teacher uses a cross-curricular approach to implement and reinforce lessons. Technology is integrated into the curriculum to support learning objectives. In third grade, students become members of one of two school intramural sports teams, and they have sports every day. In addition, third graders attend weekly assembly where a teacher or an upper school student gives a short talk on character.


Language Arts

Class 3 is one in which students learn to become independent thinkers. Children progress from the early primary grades as they apply the extensive literary skills and strategies learned in previous years. A wide range of genres is explored as reading comprehension skills broaden and improve. Literature discussions emphasize students’ interpretation of text beyond basic recall. Both written and oral exercises are implemented frequently. As they improve their writing skills, third grade students become more aware of the writing process. They also study the parts of speech, punctuation, capitalization usage, sentence structure, and word usage in their writing. In addition, students learn spelling rules and have weekly spelling quizzes.


The mathematics curriculum in Class 3 focuses on basic computational skills, problem solving, number sense, and an awareness of mathematics in everyday life. Using all four operations, students work with whole numbers and fractions. They improve the speed and accuracy of their recall of basic math facts. Place value, rounding, graphing, measurement, geometry, area and perimeter, double digits, and long division are also topics of study. Improving students’ problem-solving skills is a focus all year. 

Social Studies

Students integrate reading, writing, and verbal skills while studying early American history. Topics include explorers, colonial times, the Revolutionary War, the westward movement, the First Americans, and the Civil War. 


The Class 3 science program focuses on the water cycle, weather, magnification, and astronomy. Additional topics of study include the adaptation of plants, cetaceans, animals, simple machines, and the classification of rocks and minerals. Students meet twice a week for labs and lectures.

Public Speaking

Public speaking is an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels of the School. Students have numerous opportunities to speak in front of their class, and annually each class presents a formal program for a larger audience. 


Fine arts – Students have art class once a week all year. They learn to appreciate art and feel comfortable creating art with a variety of materials. Performing Arts – Students in lower school explore the basic musical elements of melody, rhythm, harmony, tempo, dynamics, instrumentation, form, and history through a variety of activities. They participate in singing, playing instruments, listening, reading, composing, and moving. All students in Class 3 begin to learn how to play the recorder. Shop – Students cut out simple shapes with coping saws, and they learn the sequence of sawing, hammering, filing, and sanding. As the year progresses and they become more skilled, students also use drills and work on progressively more difficult projects. 


Led by a health teacher, Class 3 students meet every other week for class that focuses on an age-appropriate topic. Homeroom teachers work daily with the students on these and other topics relating to the students’ health, well-being, and citizenship.


Spanish will be taught to all lower school students, beginning in Pre-K. The program’s scope and sequence will build strong foundational skills and spark passion for learning about other cultures, countries, and people. The program will also enhance students’ fundamental cognitive and communication skills, and their versatility.


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