Switzer Mesa Campus (6–12 Years)
Our elementary program not only inspires academic excellence but also encourages each child’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. Students learn to think for themselves as they answer questions that challenge them on their own or in a group. They are trained to do research, analyze what they have found, and come to conclusions based on what they discover.
The core curriculum provides instruction in all traditional subjects: reading, writing, language studies, math, geometry, history, geography, Spanish, music, art, drama, physical education, environmental studies, and computers. The children are also encouraged to care for their environment and practice their practical life skills. “Going out” into their environment is a regular part of their experience.
Adults as Helpers
Teachers serve as mentors so that students feel they have a voice. Adults are approachable, helpful, and encouraging.
Children as Mentors
Children serve as mentors not only to their classmates but also to the younger children in the school.
Rich, Integrated Curriculum
As the child progresses through the first, second, and third grades, he is brought more into a curriculum that is research based, introducing them to historical cultures and the sciences.
Development of Character
Practical life skills support time management by teaching the student how to prioritize studies to completion. Responsibility, integrity, honesty, kindness toward others, respect to all are fostered in real-life scenarios and brought to fruition through years of interaction in a loving and caring community of adults and fellow students.
“Going Out” Experiences
“Going Out” not only enriches our curriculum, but also teaches the students to expand their environment and utilize the resources in it. These experiences provide the student with the skills to reach out and explore all that is around him.