Swift School’s Lower Division serves students in grades K-4 who grow and blossom into confident, knowledgeable individuals. Students are encouraged to participate fully, to take risks, to be self-advocates and to create lasting memories. One of our goals is to provide an enriching, engaging, and challenging curriculum that prepares students for success. We believe that students, parents, and teachers all play an important role in helping students reach their greatest potential.
An Immersive Approach
The Lower Division instructional programming is built upon the Orton-Gillingham approach which is language based and success oriented; it is infused into every subject area, incorporating multi-sensory strategies along with immediate feedback. Each class benefits from two highly qualified teachers who utilize a data driven model to instruct students in both small and large groups in all subject areas. In addition to the content areas, student educational programming is enriched by attending PE two times a week, Art, Drama and Music. Field trips enrich our educational programming by providing additional experiential learning opportunities. The Lower Division teachers utilize technology throughout their day with the use of iPads, Chromebooks, laptops and Smartboards. Students collaborate, create, and expand their knowledge while learning 21st century skills needed for the future. Swift’s Lower Division offers social emotional learning and life skills instruction which further creates a bridge between academic success and social development. Our students learn to be part of a team, cooperate, and navigate the world around them through modeling, play, and guided interaction.
Our Caring Community
Excellence permeates our language arts and reading programs which elicits increased reading and writing fluency, along with critical thinking skills. In math, teachers meet students where they are, provide the support needed, and challenge students to work towards their potential. We provide students opportunities to explore and expand their individual talents and strengths through the fine arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities. Teacher use the science and social studies curriculum as opportunities to nurture curiosity about the world around them.
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Reading, writing, speaking and listening skills are necessary tools for effective communication. Students become more skilled and confident readers over time to prepare them for challenges in the 21st century. Critical and purposeful reading allows students to extract a deeper meaning in what they read and write. The connection between reading and writing enables students to learn and understand more about their world. These strategic skills enhances their creative and purposeful expression in language.
Mathematical understanding is achieving a balance among concepts, skills, and problem solving. Concept development and real-world applications support computational and procedural skills. Clear expectations for instruction, assessment, and student work identifies skills needed to problem solve, reason mathematically, evaluate mathematical processes, communicate ideas and information, and to make connections among mathematical topics.
The relationship between science, our environment, and our everyday world is crucial to each student’s scientific literacy. Hands on, student-centered and inquiry-based approaches are the emphasis of instruction. Content includes aspects of earth science, physical science, and life science. Students gather and interpret data and learn the scientific process.