Curriculum Guide

A Look Inside Our Curriculum

Epiphany School’s well-rounded academic program feeds young minds – enriching students with a completely one-of-a-kind, interactive elementary education. This rich and varied program guides all our students to continuously grow in curiosity, courage, confidence, respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness.

Our Curriculum Progression

Mathematics

From games to concepts to creative application.

Classroom teachers and Math Specialists work together to guide Epiphany students to develop a love for math. Pre-Kindergarten students play with numbers, shapes, and measurement. Older students learn foundational concepts and strategies, then apply them to novel situations.

In and out of the classroom, students learn by doing, which helps them to develop confidence in their skills. They practice solving complex problems and are expected to articulate their thinking. We utilize Math in Focus and ST Math as our primary mathematics curriculum.

By graduation, students have in-depth experience using multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, percentages, geometry, and have completed an introduction to pre-algebra. Additionally, Upper Division students have the opportunity to join the Math Olympiad team each year to enrich their math experience.

Language Arts

Creating successful readers, writers, and speakers.

Solid foundational skills and rich integrated lessons equip your child with strong reading, writing, and public speaking skills – and lots of practice! Epiphany is known for developing young orators.

Students work in reading groups, writing workshops, and individually to develop a strong foundation of vocabulary, phonics, grammar, comprehension, fluency, and expression.

Our Literacy Specialist offers expertise in differentiated instruction that supports our grade-level teachers’ highly experiential curriculum. Regardless of a child’s individual needs, he or she is ensured focused instruction and continuity of learning from grade to grade.

Social Studies

Exploring cultures helps students excel in diverse environments.

At Epiphany, we strive to look beyond ourselves. We explore the world – locally and internationally.

Students feel free to investigate new ideas, try on differing perspectives, and walk in others’ shoes.

By looking at how societies work, we learn to research and develop harmonious relationships. We study geography and ancient and native civilizations. We think critically. We explore government, conflict, and change. Students actively share their opinions and unique points-of-view in oral presentations. And as they grow in maturity, students interact with international sister schools.

Science, Technology, and Library

Our students are intrigued, inventive investigators.

Built into the Epiphany experience, Science, Technology, and Library equip curious adventurers with tools to explore the world around them. From day one, it’s hands-on experience via beach walks, squid dissection, and Science Talks. Students analyze weather, engineer buildings, program robots, and explore topics like polar science, circuit design, astronomy, evolution, and climate change.

Our beautiful and spacious Science Lab is the perfect space to investigate, explore, and apply the scientific method. In our gardens, hallways, classrooms, and media center, students engage with technology at every age - learning to courageously create, code, and be responsible digital citizens.

The library program provides access to our collection of more than 8,500 volumes and encourages students in their developing passion for recreational reading. Students hear stories read aloud, examine critical thinking strategies, and participate in author studies and schoolwide reading challenges. The library supports students in the goal of being efficient, effective, and ethical users of information by exploring library organization and electronic resources and collaborating with homeroom teachers in the development of age-appropriate research skills.

Languages

Using English, French, and Latin creates competent communicators.

French begins in the youngest grades for early exposure, through songs, games, and stories. Student vocabulary increases as our French Specialist helps students converse with each other. In higher grades, students explore language, Roman culture, mythology, and history with our Latin Specialist.

It’s a long-standing tradition at Epiphany to incorporate the study of classical languages for a complete and cohesive approach to Language Arts. By discovering connections and vocabulary shared between three languages – as part of our daily study – students gain deeper understanding and heightened acquisition of each language. When they graduate, Epiphany students are prepared to continue making ‘foreign’ languages part of their developing lexicon.

The Arts

At every age, students engage in Music, Fine Art, and Performance.

Throughout each grade-level at Epiphany, students explore the formal elements and components of music, fine art, and various styles of performance. In-depth study of art and music equips your child with a multi-cultural understanding of creative professions. Both our Art Specialist and our Music and Drama Specialist collaborate with classroom teachers to enrich each grade level's curriculum, introduce skills and exploration, and inspire creativity. Visiting artists expose students to training and special projects taught by artists in our region. Much anticipated grade-level performances give children an opportunity to express themselves through dance, drama, singing, and public speaking at all-school assemblies and Grandparents and Special Friends performances. Some of the highlights are Grandparents and Special Friends Day, the Third Grade Wax Museum, the Poetry Cafe, and the Fifth Grade Shakespeare play.

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Health and Fitness

Two Comprehensive Programs: Physical Education and Fit for Life.

These popular and active classes are taught to every grade. Fitness Specialists guide students to build endurance, foster self-esteem, and desire a lifetime of healthy living:

Physical Education focuses on building students’ sports skills and developing sportsmanship. Students at every grade level participate in team and individual sports, cooperative and recreational activities, and fitness and endurance tasks.

Fit for Life educates students on health and fitness – from basic human anatomy and physiology to nutrition and goal-setting. Students self-assess individual and team performance to know whether they are engaging in activities at their best effort.

Social and Emotional Learning

Curious, courageous, confident, respectful, responsible, and resourceful.

Emphasis on our shared school values teaches students to be inclusive leaders and team players. Students are encouraged to manage their emotions and collaborate when resolving conflicts, promote their ideas, and assume leadership roles.

A dedicated School Counselor and Learning Skills Specialists support faculty and staff in helping all students navigate friendships, learn problem solving skills, and build conflict strategies. Working closely with teachers, our counselor develops social-emotional lesson plans, works with small groups of students or individuals, and meets with parents to help nurture every child to become respectful and confident advocates, who are unafraid to express themselves and speak up for others.

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Curriculum by Grade

Language Arts: Pre-K

Introducing oneself to a visitor, speaking as a docent for the family museum, and performing puppet shows are ways Pre-Kindergarteners develop their cognitive language skills. Students learn to recognize all capital letters and their sounds, and to make them with a variety of materials including playdough, chalk, and sponges. Ample exposure to books and environmental print materials help build word recognition, expressive language, and conceptual understanding.

Mathematics: Pre-K

Math is integrated through games, daily calendar activities, and in curricular units throughout the year. From observing the growth of a caterpillar to weighing an apple from the garden, students use numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurement. Picture graphs showing the class’s favorite version of a story, or measuring their baby weight in potatoes, encourages the creation and interpretation of data.

Humanities, Science, and Technology: Pre-K

Students learn about themselves and others in relation to their families, classmates, school, community, and the wider world. Through “science talks” and hands-on investigation that include beach walks and squid dissection, students observe, question, predict, share ideas, disagree, and learn. Students are introduced to digital tools in play.

The Arts: Pre-K

In Pre-K, art and music lessons foster creativity through the development of elemental skills and techniques. Students are introduced to a variety of artists and media, with an emphasis on their own self-expression. They learn nursery rhymes and poems, play with instruments, and experiment with movement. Students experience their first performance at Grandparents and Special Friends Day.

French: Pre-K

In a storybook classroom overlooking the campus, French is introduced through songs, games, and stories. Movement and interaction are key to learning simple phrases and vocabulary including colors, animals, foods, and numbers.

Character and Leadership: Pre-K

Supported in a safe and nurturing environment, students learn how to be caring friends and responsible members of the classroom. They practice following directions, focusing attention, independently caring for their belongings, and respectfully listening to their classmates’ opinions.

Health and Fitness: Pre-K

Through two complementary programs, Physical Education and Fit for Life, movement education begins for our youngest students. They learn through creative, exploratory activities that challenge them to take risks and learn about their bodies in motion. A focus on maximizing participation and success allows Pre-K students to build self-esteem and lays the foundation for a healthy and active lifestyle.

Language Arts: Kindergarten

Building foundational skills in reading, writing, and speaking defines Language Arts in Kindergarten. Students develop knowledge of letters and sounds, acquire vocabulary, and begin reading. They practice letter formation and handwriting, write words and sentences, and learn grammatical rules and patterns.