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

Lower School Curriculum Guide
Grade Three

Third grade is a year of tremendous growth. Throughout the year, the teachers guide the students to develop increased accountability, responsibility and independence in all aspects of the third grade curriculum. We look at the students’ potential, both academic and social, as we build on their strengths, emphasizing critical thinking and cooperative learning as tools for discovery. As students’ abilities increase, so does their confidence. They are challenged to be reflective and conscientious thinkers, and empowered to become partners in their own learning. Throughout this growth, students continue to be nurtured and guided, as they come to understand their unique learning styles.

Woven throughout our curriculum are the tenets of the Responsive Classroom model. We strive to give each third grader the tools and skills necessary to model the fundamental principles of (C.A.R.E.S.) - Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self-Control. With the use of common language and regular class meetings, along with academic choice, the students gain a greater sense of their role in our third grade community during the year.