Elementary

Message from Christopher Lincoln,
Head of School

The expectations for excellence in elementary education have dramatically changed in the last 10 years. Today’s world requires that our children grow up to be critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Students must become not only academically proficient, but also capable of adapting their classroom learning to real-life situations.

Here at McDowell School, we have skillfully bridged the real world with the classroom through a challenging and accelerated curriculum in a small classroom environment – fewer than 20 students – which allows our programs to be tailored to the unique needs of every student.

The program of instruction includes mastery of fundamental academic skills and a challenging, innovative and accelerated curriculum in:

  • Math - emphasis on  concrete concepts, quantitative reasoning and problem-solving
  • Language Arts – instruction in comprehension skills, writing skills, spelling and grammar and includes grade appropriate research papers and oral presentations
  • Accelerated Reader - development for independent reading
  • Science - concentration on concept formation, observation accuracy and recording scientific data
  • Social Studies – utilization of community resources, respect for ways to meet our country’s challenges and preparation to be responsible citizens

Critical Thinking skills are integrated into every lesson in all grades. Technology is an integral part of our program with instruction in our state-of-the-art computer lab, lap tops and SMART Board ™ Interactive classrooms, all of which are used throughout our curriculum.

McDowell also focuses on promoting student responsibility, independent thinking, creativity and respect for one another. Our Character Education program promotes a specific character trait each month, with activities and discussions in class.

Our commitment is to offer a rigorous academic program that will provide the best opportunity to all students to meet their full potential. We value education – I invite you to visit McDowell School to experience our close-knit community of students, teachers and families.

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