GRADES K THROUGH 5
The Lower School
The Lang School uses a combination of classroom-based learning, fluid math and literacy subgroups, 1:1 tutoring for remediation, and accelerated learning opportunities in areas of advanced knowledge and/or interest. Teachers differentiate both curriculum and instruction, so each student receives an education that fits in the context of cohorts of no more than twelve students.
A multi-disciplinary plan is created targeting each child's unique needs, and extensive enrichment options complement our robust academic curriculum. We employ evidence-based best practices — Zones of Regulation, Positive Behavior Supports, Collaborative & Proactive Solutions, daily report cards, and more — in order to grow awareness and skills in social-emotional, behavioral, and sensory self-regulation.
Literacy methodologies include Orton-Gillingham, Fountas & Pinnell, Self-Regulated Strategy Development (SRSD), and Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop (TCRWP). Since many of our otherwise precocious students tend to be resistant writers, the school helps students explore “writing” in a variety of nontraditional ways that build traditional writing skills. Math curricula and methodologies are a hybrid of Singapore Math and math workshop (or math circle).
Science, history, ELA and social studies classes are interdisciplinary. In-class work is supplemented by field trips. At least twice yearly, nationally normed reading, writing and math assessments are administered.
Our developmentally differentiated computer science and engineering curricula engage students of all ages in experiencing the importance of math and logic in comprehending and modeling the world we live in. Our computer science class teaches students K—5 programming skills from the basics of Boolean logic through Java scripting.
A SMARTBoard in every classroom enhances group learning, and each child is assigned their own Chromebook (often loaded with personalized assistive technology tools). Our occupational therapist leads handwriting and keyboarding classes.
Students committed to learning an instrument are provided 1:1 and/or small group training in composition and technique by one of our music teachers. Students are provided opportunities to practice their skills throughout the week and to perform for our parent community. We also offer chorus, jazz and rock ensembles, and music production courses in our stand-alone music studio.
Our drama courses focus on the art of writing and expressing stories, incorporating a wide variety of techniques in acting, improvisation, choreography, and both stagecraft and stage management. More traditional drama practice is complemented by theatre performance field trips and theatre troupe visits to the school. Improvisation coursework emphasizes saying "Yes, and...." to being to peers in the moment in order to achieve a desired effect: laughter. Improv is taught by our drama teacher, a Second City-trained comedian, and our speech therapist (with an eye toward social pragmatics and social development).
Our Lower School art program is maker-oriented but suitable for both visual artists and young engineers. This weekly course covers a wide range of skills, from basic drawing and painting, to sewing and prototyping, to more highly conceptual work that incorporates a wide variety of materials, electronics, and digital media as forms of expression.
Our performing arts courses focus on the intersection of music, drama, collaboration, and movement. These classes are co-taught by drama and music teaching teams. In partnership with other disciplines and the Upper School, the performing arts students organize two performances each school year (for example, see Transmission, An Alternative Radio Show).