In a challenging and supportive learning environment, our 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade teachers address the unique intellectual, spiritual, social and physical needs of each student. At CMDS, it’s all about balance. The lower school curriculum focuses on giving each child a solid foundation in the core subjects of literature, language arts, math, science and social studies, while providing opportunities for creativity, critical thinking and problem solving. Encore classes in Bible, Art, Computer Lab, Engineering Lab, Library, Math Lab, Music, Physical Education, Science Lab and Spanish round out the rigorous core curriculum. In third grade, students have a departmentalized learning environment in which one teacher specializes in literature and language arts and her partner, in math, science and social studies.
Each grade level has unique traditions and units of study. For example, the annual Presidents Program, now a well-known event at CMDS, wraps up the 1st grade’s study of the U.S. Presidents and remains a high point for the students and their families. Second graders study Greek civilization and compete in a CMDS Olympics each fall. The 3rd graders’ study of American immigrants culminates with each student taking on the persona of an immigrant arriving in the United States for the very first time. Their “visit” to Ellis Island gives them a taste of what it might have been like for those who passed through the federal immigration station, so many years ago.