低年级· Pre-Kindergarten–Grade 5
Housed mainly in our original building, 艾利斯厅, which is named for our first teacher, Margaret “Billie” Northcross Ellis, children in the 较低的学校 are encouraged to explore and revel in their own talents, even as they are made increasingly aware of their relationship and responsibility to their peers, 他们的老师, 以及他们的家人. 为此目的, faculty in the 较低的学校 work closely with parents to set appropriate and reasonable expectations and to provide support that fosters excellence, 成就和, at each step—from age 3 through fifth grade—the confidence needed to succeed.
的 Junior Kindergarten through Kindergarten classes include a modified Montessori curriculum designed to progress through four levels: Junior Kindergarten (JK3, JK4, JK5)和幼儿园. 的 program first develops language, 数学, social and emotional readiness skills in a nurturing, 半天设置, while in the second year, students begin to develop handwriting, letter recognition and seat work while incorporating literature, 表演游戏, 工艺品, 烹饪活动, and hands-on science experiments.
All students in Junior Kindergarten programs through fifth grade have daily Spanish and P.E., and they rotate through “specials” including Art, Library, and Music during the week. 小学的时候, a more structured curriculum begins to take form in which students' language and 数学 abilities are challenged and developed. For those students who need specialized instruction due to a diagnosed learning disability, the 人行横道上项目 是一个校内活动, "school within a school" where students meet with specially trained Orton-Gillingham instructors during the school day for remediation instruction. 的 新加坡数学 curriculum focuses on teaching students to visualize quantities and to 'see' numbers as moveable parts within an equation.
较低的学校 Division Director,
Assistant Head of School for Academics
Washington and Lee University—B.A.
University of Virginia—M.A.
接收方的 罗诺克的"Most Inspiring Teacher” Platinum Award (2016, 2017, 2018) and "Best Educator" Platinum Award (2019, 2020, 2021)
学生s work in small groups, organized by skill level, in which they rotate through stations of reading, writing and word recognition. As students progress through the fourth and fifth grades, their classes take them beyond their “home room” to specialize study in science, 数学和社会研究, introducing them to what life will look like in 中学. For specialized information on different levels in the 较低的学校, click the links below.
- North Cross offers an after-school enrichment program called 打开一扇门 for students from Junior Kindergarten through fifth grade. Classes are offered all three trimesters, meet different days once per week, 包括:体操, 足球, Bricks4Kidz, 和舞蹈. Cost for each class varies but each costs around $100 per trimester. Course offerings are emailed to eligible parents each trimester.
- For those families who need care after the school day ends, the 较低的学校 also offers 延长一天 options until 6:00pm each day. 下载详情及 价格指导.