Lower School: The Lower School is comprised of kindergarten through 5th grade. FLI’s small classroom model consists of limited student populations with up to three adults in each room during guided reading which allows for targeted group work and individual student attention. Students are exposed to an innovative curriculum guided by the Common Core standards.
Every class engages in a balanced literacy program with instruction in guided, shared, and independent reading. During literacy blocks, teachers work individually with students on their specific needs while the rest of the class is engaged in interactive literacy activities and technology-based programs. Beginning in kindergarten, literacy is taught with Fundations®, a hands-on program that provides children of all levels with a foundation for reading, writing and spelling.
Math instruction is taught in a developmentally appropriate way through the use of manipulatives, such as link cubes and pattern blocks. Singapore Math, which is closely aligned to the Common Core, is used to teach mathematical concepts.
In daily science classes, students are encouraged to explore the scientific world through discovery-oriented experiments – including a study of the life cycle by hatching ducks, chickens and quails. Classes take at least three field trips per year outside the classroom to learn more on topics in conjunction with their current curriculum. FOSS Next Generation Science is the curriculum used to teach science concepts.
Students are exposed to the fine arts through FLI’s partnership with the 92nd Street Y, which takes place during and after school.