Elementary

Our Elementary students are part of a tight-knit learning community.

Children eat lunch family-style together as a grade, work on projects in groups and across ages, and come together as an Elementary division to sing each day.

SFS teachers truly know their students. With small classes, an integrated curriculum, and a collaborative culture, our teachers are provided the optimal environment to support their students’ academic, creative, and social-emotional development.

Student-Centered Teaching

Students who have choice in what they work on are more motivated to learn. Teachers base learning on topics that are meaningful to each student and try to challenge them appropriately. Whether it’s a Dinosaur unit in First Grade that incorporates digging for bones, or a teaching unit in Third Grade that challenges the children to select a topic and teach it to one another in a formal oral report, the learning experience at SFS aims to get students engaged and challenged.

Integrated Learning

Every Elementary student has special classes in Art, Music, Physical Education, and Spanish each week. From ceramic birds in Second Grade Art to profiling Civil Rights leaders in Fifth Grade Spanish, units and topics are integrated across disciplines to make projects more meaningful and fun.

Multicultural Curriculum

Students explore our multicultural world and their own identity through literature, classroom studies, music, art, field trips, and language. Teachers draw on guest speakers, performers, and parents to ensure varied cultural experiences and celebrations. From book fairs, to holidays, to cultural studies, the school reflects a deep commitment to cultural literacy.