First – Fifth Grades

Small in-person class sizes with an average student to staff ratio of 7:1 provide the educational benefit of learning with, and from, different ages. Our unique mixed-grade classrooms place strong focus on individual learning needs and provide educational benefits allowing younger students to be challenged while older learners can gain, and put into practice, leadership skills.

Our progressive, project-based approach helps students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time investigating authentic, engaging, and complex questions or systems. Asking questions, conducting interviews with experts, collecting information and taking field trips make learning more meaningful for our students. 

At United Friends school students develop strong reading and writing skills using a comprehensive and inclusive Reader’s Workshop and Writer’s Workshop model. Teachers incorporate Handwriting Without Tears and Words Their Way into a blended approach that strengthens phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary. Literature circles give students the opportunity to read independently, analyze and gather meaning from the text. In our elementary program, students blossom from writing simple sentences phonetically to becoming authors who can write using a variety of genres. Students practice reviewing, editing, and publishing their work and celebrate becoming authors.

Teachers incorporate Bridges in Mathematics with the goal for students to develop a deep understanding of mathematical concepts with strong proficiency in recognizing number patterns and decoding to solve problems. The students deepen their understanding through discussion, while sharing methods and strategies with their peers.

Our Social Studies program creates globally and locally connected and informed students who have a sense of responsibility and power in upholding and applying the Quaker Testimonies in the world. Our Social Studies curriculum centers on five main pillars: economics, geography, history, service learning/citizenship, and culture. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, we have initiated a school-wide Science program which will focus in on Life Science. This exciting initiative will tie together the science being taught in each grade and provide a stronger foundation for our graduates as they pursue interests in health care, engineering, and other science-intensive disciplines and professions.