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K-5th Grade

At LCCS, we see the early years in education as a crucial time to not just teach children the basics of reading, math literacy, science and the arts - but to teach them how to learn, and how to love learning through a progressive, cross-curriculuar education. 

How does that work? At every grade level, several times a year there are major "studies," which gives students a time to delve deeply and broadly into a topic. Instead of breaking down subjects - math, ELA, science, social studies - into separate fields, those subjects are all incorporated into the topic. This approach reaches all types of learners and gets students excited about learning, while reinforcing the basics and teaching higher level skills, like scientific observation and collaboration. 

For example, in 2nd Grade, there is the Habitat Study. Students read science books and keep journals about animal habitats and eventually create a play to tell the story of animal habitats. During the study, students take a field trip to see creatures in their habitats. 


(Please note many of these pictures were taken pre-COVID) 

There is a Lenape Study in 3rd Grade. 
lenape ... and a 4th Grade Business Study where students create their own business plans, and share them with their peers. (Here, presenting their work to the CEO of Rising Tide Capital, who gave them real-world feedback.) 

It is through this style of experiential, hands-on learning that students grow and thrive. 

Peer-to-Peer: There are many opportunities for older students to pair with younger peers - in assemblies with "Circle Buddies," and as "Reading Buddies," where younger students practice their reading skills with older friends, or when older students share their work with younger children.


Language: Students begin taking Spanish in Kindergarten and continue through 8th Grade. 

Schedule: The school day is broken into 9 periods, with daily recess and gym twice a week. Grades K-2 have lunch at 10:45 a.m. and Grades 3-5 have lunch at 12:15 p.m. 

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