Curriculum

Language Arts

Pace strives to create lifelong readers who effectively communicate ideas and judgments about literary works that run the gamut of genres. Reading Street is a comprehensive language arts program that introduces, reinforces, and enriches reading comprehension skills and strategies. Consistent assessment allows students to strengthen and expand these reading strategies.

Through this curriculum, students are actively engaged in a learning process that highlights spelling, grammar, vocabulary and handwriting skills. An emphasis is placed on the writing process, and students are motivated to broaden their ideas with supporting details that appeal to the senses. Through the practice of listening, analyzing and responding, students participate orally and in writing. Our Orton Gillingham-trained faculty deliver literacy skills by differentiating instruction to meet individual needs.

Mathematics

Everyday Mathematics creates a spiraling curriculum that builds on the concrete and moves to the more abstract. We believe that children understand mathematics best when it is related to their own experiences, inspiring them to become mathematical thinkers. We provide a learning environment that enables the students to utilize real-life situations, intuition and experimentation to solve problems. Our faculty emphasize basic fact mastery and knowledge of number sense. Students experience fun methods of learning whole numbers and place value, decimals and fractions, measurement, geometry, data analysis and quantitative reasoning.

Science

Using hands-on experiments, our Delta/FOSS science program allows students to question, explore and analyze the world around them. Our goal is to continually build a foundation in science, then revise and refine knowledge and abilities through experimentation. The curriculum engages students by providing hypothesizing exercises, experiments and productive collaboration.

Social Studies

Our social studies approach is designed to connect students to community, state, nation and world. By addressing current events, such as economy, environment and government, faculty and students develop a global perspective through open discussions. With this approach, students discover links to the past, have a better understanding of the present and develop skills to be global citizens of the future.

Technology

The technology program strives to ensure that students become competent, confident and safe technology users. Our young learners receive specialized instruction in accordance with the International Society for Technology in Education standards, which help students become empowered learners, digital citizens, knowledge constructors, innovative designers, computational thinkers, creative communicators and global collaborators.

While striving towards these standards, students work on keyboarding, receive self-paced coding accounts, design in 3D software, program robots, research and learn about different types of creative presentations. In addition to lab instruction, students benefit from the use of iPads, interactive boards, laptops and desktops in the classroom.

World Language

Our proficiency-based Spanish program enables students to master all aspects of world language, from listening and speaking to reading and writing. By providing more than just exposure to a second language, our world language teachers inspire students to engage and understand the cultures and traditions of the Spanish-speaking world. Through this exploration of language, students are able to communicate meaningfully and effectively in a globalized world.

Physical Education

The physical education program builds and develops cardiovascular strength, muscle, agility, and athletic fundamentals through a wide variety of activities and sports. These enjoyable and energetic games and lessonsfrom kicking skills and swimming to basketball and volleyballare hosted in our gymnasiums, natatorium, indoor track, gymnastics facility and outdoor fields. The Lower School physical education program continuously builds on a foundation for lifelong health and wellness.

Fine Arts

Visual Art – Students experience art through a variety of hands-on projects that enhance techniques and encourage creativity. In addition to acquiring skills and concepts, students learn to explore and experiment with a range of materials. The program establishes practical skills and conceptual knowledge in order to provide avenues for self-expression.

Music – The Lower School music program ascribes to a number of teaching methodologies to ensure students benefit from best practices in music education. The Orff Schulwerk approach emphasizes students’ total involvement and incorporates speech, singing, movement, improvisation, and the use of a variety of percussion and Orff instruments. The Kodaly method focuses on tuneful singing, listening, analyzing, music reading and writing, and composing. And the Phyllis Weikart and Dalcroze methods promote understanding of musical concepts such as rhythmic movement, aural training, and physical and instrumental improvisation.

These approaches foster creativity while conveying musical knowledge and skills, all of which are on display when our Lower Schoolers perform in class plays and musicals, lunchtime concerts and other special events.