Learning


The Harbor School's dynamic program is focused on the academic, social and developmental needs of early childhood – children ages 3-8.

Academically, our program draws both on established pedagogies and on current research. Curriculum maps have been designed for all grade levels which highlight the integrated nature of our program of study. At each grade level, our instruction is targeted to the learning needs and styles of each of our students, allowing for both a breadth and depth of study that is appropriate for each child.

We believe that the social and emotional growth of children is as important as their academic growth. In this regard, most of the activities in the classroom are geared around centers which provide opportunities for children to grow in their understanding of sharing, appropriate physical contact, taking turns and respect. The Harbor School is a “Responsive Classroom” school, which means that classroom conduct and expectations are consistent throughout all grade levels.

While our program of study is differentiated based on each child’s needs, we make use of various prepared curricula to assist in our instruction, including:

  • Fountas and Pinnell for reading
  • The University of Chicago’s Everyday Math program
  • Handwriting without Tears for print and cursive instruction

Sir Ken Robinson, noted author and speaker on creativity and innovation, has said that “Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” We couldn’t agree more! Read more about our integrated “specials”.

Select a grade level at the left to read more about each class.