Grades 1 - 6 Academic Overview
In our Lower School program, we are committed to developing basic skills, mastery of content areas and maintaining an enthusiasm for learning. Our students learn the fundamentals of reading, process writing, mathematics and English through a logical progressive sequence. In addition to these basics, the curriculum includes social studies, handwriting, spelling, science and health. Throughout our program there is an emphasis on the development of good study skills.
The core curriculum is supplemented by "enrichment" classes in computer education, art, media center, music, Spanish, Chinese, PE, and investigative science Lab.
In addition, students in grades four through six may elect additional fine arts offerings which include (depending on grade level) drama, orchestra, strings and chorus.
As a child moves through grades four to six, there is an added emphasis on organizational skills as individual oral and written reports are required. Our goal is to make our students capable of
productive, independent work and success when they progress into our Upper School.
All of our teachers are experienced and have an enthusiasm for learning and for the students they teach. They are fully certified in their grade level. In addition, each classroom in grades 1 - 6 has a full-time teacher assistant. The assistants coupled with our low student to teacher ratios assure that teachers "have time" to give every student the attention he or she needs to be successful. The faculty is also committed to the Heritage philosophy of developing good character and self-esteem as well as the reinforcement of traditional values in our students.
Teachers maintain close communication with parents regarding their child's progress. There are frequent written progress reports, phone calls and scheduled conference days.
Our enrichment classes are taught by instructors certified in the areas they teach, and those classes are taught in specially equipped facilities for each subject.
There is a wide and varied array of after school activities offered to our Lower School students. After school classes in the art, dance, instrumental music, karate, cooking, computers and other areas of interest to students are available. Students may also participate in Student Council, Junior Thespians or Math Superstars.
Of interest to many Lower School students are the many home games played by Heritage Varsity or Junior Varsity teams. Students participate in regularly scheduled pep rallies which build pride in the Heritage teams. The turnout of Lower School students and parents to cheer on the Patriot teams has become a Heritage tradition. During football season, one football player and a cheerleader become "buddies" to each Lower School class, providing positive role models for their younger fans.