A learning environment of small classes with individualized instruction reflects the educational philosophy that each child is unique and develops at his/her own pace. Inclusive classrooms allow for independent growth, with both support and enrichment available, as needed.
Secular and Hebrew-Judaic teachers work together as a team to provide a well-balanced and integrated curriculum. Emphasis is placed on developing fundamental skills and a problem solving approach to learning.
Features of our Lower School:
- two teachers in each Kindergarten classroom
- small class size
- certified teachers
- inclusive classroom environment
- Hebrew and Judaic studies begin in Kindergarten
- computer classes begin in Kindergarten
- hands-on Science program begins in Kindergarten
- six Science periods per six-day cycle begins in 4th Grade
- Art, Music, Physical Education, Computers and Library are all taught weekly, by certified specialists
The selection of curriculum for academic subjects at Community Day School is determined jointly by the faculty and administration and is designed to align with and exceed Pennsylvania State standards. Many factors are taken into consideration before texts and materials are chosen. Among these are a careful review of National and State standards, offerings from major textbook publishers, feasibility of integration with the Hebrew-Judaic curriculum, opportunities for differentiation and creative exploration, and skills and study habits geared towards preparation for Middle School.
We are committed to a curriculum mapping and alignment project that will describe our academic program in its entirety. Our process involves meetings across grade levels and in academic departments to ensure that our curriculum is aligned (that there is continuity from grade to grade), and that our instructional program keeps pace with best practice and rigorous standards in all general studies and Hebrew-Judaic fields of study.