Elementary School

Watch your child flourish at STCS/Walsh!

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With over 30 years of educational experience, elementary students at STCS/Walsh receive individualized attention and benefit from an advanced curriculum. As a result, they accelerate in math and language arts.

Elementary education is the crucial time when students develop a lifelong love for learning. In addition to their regular curriculum, STCS/Walsh values the importance of specialty teachers and classes with all students participating in enrichment.

These teachers engage students, leading them to be enthusiastic about studying important subjects such as computer science, robotics, debate, theatre, art, music, physical education, and student government. STEAM is incorporated into the classroom, which fosters ingenuity and creativity. Life skills and socio-emotional learning round out a well-balanced curriculum.

A STCS/Walsh elementary education consists of blending technology and traditional classroom culture to create a superior curriculum that inspires young students to develop a passion for their education.

Early Years
Pre-K, Kindergarten & 1st Grade:

During Stage 1: Early Years, students are beginning their transition into formal education.  Students’ abilities and exposure to a formal classroom environment will vary.  The teachers who facilitate learning in Stage 1: Early Years have a global understanding of learning through interactive and guided play.  The teachers consistently question the students using a variety of vocabulary to increase the amount of information being exposed to the students.  Students are grouped within the classroom based on ability and skill level to ensure that the teacher can address every student’s individual needs.  

The major skills we work for your child to acquire by the end of Stage 1 include the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a joy for learning, a respect for their classmates, and a sense of enjoyment while at school.
  • Verbally ask questions when something is not understood.
  • Display confidence when speaking about a topic that they understand.
  • Identify at least one area of education that excites them.
  • Express themselves in writing and speech using English.
  • Recognize beginning site words and use them in context.
  • Utilize phonics to ‘sound out’ simple words.
  • Utilize reading strategies to determine the meaning of a sentence.
  • Identify key points in a story.
  • Write clear and descriptive sentences and small paragraphs in English.
  • Use patterns and systems, such as addition, to solve problems.
  • Count, read, write numbers to 100 in English.
  • Understand and use time, money, and the related vocabulary when applicable.
  • Recognize key mathematical strategies to problem solve.
  • Recognize patterns and use a pattern as a means of problem solving.
  • Analyze and utilize existing systems (such as alphabetical order) and charts as a way to locate information.
  • Demonstrate a clear ability to question, observe, analyze, and classify both objects and information.
  • …and many more specific learning standards!

2nd Grade - 4th Grade:

During Stage 2: Elementary, students are solidifying the skills necessary to be independent life-long learners.  Students’ abilities will vary as they begin to develop likes and dislikes inside, as well as outside, of school.  The teachers who facilitate learning in Stage 2: Elementary have been trained in a variety of educational methods to ensure that students’ learning is individualized.  The teachers consistently question the students to guide them to a greater understanding of how education will impact their lives presently, and in the future.  Students will be grouped within the classroom based on ability and skill level to ensure that the teacher can address every student’s individual needs.  

The major skills we work for your child to acquire by the end of Stage 2 include the ability to:

  • Verbally explain decoding strategies, comprehension strategies, and connection strategies that directly apply to his or her way of learning and why.
  • Use information identified as important to write notes and answer a variety of questions
  • Plan, draft, and produce a factual document that uses a system to convert factual text to the student’s own words, as well as identify textual components including, but not limited to:  problem and solution/ cause and effect, alphabetical order, diagram analysis, characters, plot, setting, order of steps, labels, author, index, table of contents, headings, etc.
  • Make predictions, draw conclusions, and make inferences about characters and events in written text by using graphic organizers and sentence frames.
  • Demonstrate the ability to organize, plan, and execute steps as an individual, in pairs, and in a small group according to the cooperative learning framework set by the teacher.
  • Write a single organized paragraph, and also a three paragraph essay.
  • Use <, >, = to compare numbers from -10 up to 100000.
  • Define and use correct terminology when referring to shapes (circle, triangle, square, rectangle, rhombus, trapezoid, pentagon, hexagon, and octagon) including words like fact, corner, side, angle, etc.
  • Define and use correct terminology when referring to 3-D shapes (cube, cylinder, sphere, prism, and cone) including words like fact, corner, side, angle, etc.
  • Use mathematics to show physical and social phenomena (estimate and represent the number of apples on a tree, sharing cookies between friends, etc.)
  • Collect and record data using pictographs, tally marks, and bar graph representations, along with exposure to pie charts.
  • Use previously acquired skills and systematic research to predict future global change.
  • Describe their desired future occupation and why.
  • Offer verbal or written reasoning for selected answers, personal opinions, and possible solutions.
  • Lead and participate in discussions about texts by integrating multiple strategies in a respectful tone and logical order with reasoning.
  • And many more specific learning standards!

Admissions Questions

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