A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester County, New York

Lower School Curriculum Guide

Grade One


First grade provides developmentally appropriate experiences with particular attention to process rather than product. The primary focus is to develop students’ skills in reading, writing, and mathematics. The program incorporates multi-sensory teaching methods to accommodate different learning styles and abilities. Some of the highlights of our year include the Rye community study, child directed interviews during the RCDS community study, and a study of communities around the world.  First graders are active participants in hands-on activities, which foster creativity and excitement for learning. In a nurturing environment, children become self-motivated, independent learners. With high expectations for attainable goals, students demonstrate academic, social, and emotional growth. Through Responsive Classroom, the social curriculum is deemed as crucial as the academic program, and both social and academic growth are fostered simultaneously and harmoniously.