ACADEMICS

Elementary PK - 3
The elementary grades build the foundation of learning for all children. Sherman School’s elementary program recognizes that incoming students arrive with quite a range of abilities, yet there are distinct benchmarks for a child's social and academic performance. Our comprehensive elementary curriculum places a clear emphasis on continuing development of strong language, reading and writing abilities, and math skills essential for ongoing success. Our teachers engage and challenge each child to achieve high standards of academic performance in all areas of the curriculum through serious and sustained effort. Most importantly, the Sherman School elementary program is committed to helping each student become a responsible, self-confident, and eager learner.

Grades 4 - 5
In our upper elementary grades, we strive to provide our children with rigorous learning experiences. These include clearly defined expectations, relevant content, and differentiated instruction, which relate to the students’ growing independence and maturity. In grades 4-5, Sherman School offers departmentalized team teaching, in which teachers teach as specialists in one or more content areas. Special services, intervention and enrichment programs within the school day support core instruction. Teachers and our support staff remain aware of the unique developmental needs of this age group and create a secure environment for all to learn and play and grow. Our teachers pride themselves on working collaboratively with parents to educate their students to become empathetic, critical thinkers, and independent learners.

Middle School
Upon entering our middle school in sixth grade, Sherman students continue in a safe, nurturing learning environment in which they are challenged to further develop 21st century skills. This is an opportunity for students to gain greater independence and strengthen their core values of respect, responsibility, courage and honesty. Through educational experiences of collaboration and inquiry, students will be challenged to think critically, be creative, take risks, to be ready for the demands of high school and their future. Our teachers pride themselves on working collaboratively with parents to educate their students to become critical thinkers, resourceful, and productive members of our community, who demonstrate the qualities of tolerance, empathy and self-efficacy.
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