Lower & Intermediate Schools

Grade One

Grade 1 is the ultimate transition between a Montessori environment and a traditional classroom, where students are exposed to novel ideas and encouraged to think critically about immediate problems and larger concepts. Students excel thanks to the Early School foundation and an enterprising curriculum that builds self-confidence alongside academic prowess.

Grade 1 Curriculum

LANGUAGE ARTS

As part of the A-Frame, emergent reading and writing skills are tackled with vigor and catered to each student’s personal learning style. Students are guided step-by-step toward greater language mastery and self-expression.

  • Rowland Reading Foundation’s Superkids reading course using systematic phonics
  • Rigorous and fun approach to developing early reading skills
  • Focus on phonics, fluency, comprehension, inquiry, and research
  • WriteSteps Writing curriculum, workshops, multiple intelligences, and Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Study of the six traits of quality writing

MATHEMATICS

Students build on both concrete and abstract processes they were introduced to in the Montessori classroom. The A-Frame program gives students a strong fundamental understanding of basic mathematical tools, techniques, and concepts.

  • Singapore Math curriculum implemented through concrete, pictorial, and abstract steps
  • Spiral program structure in grades one through five allows students to gain a rich connection to process and procedure
  • Familiar manipulatives introduced in Montessori help teach and reinforce concepts

SCIENCE

The Grosse Pointe Academy’s unique early STEAM program integrates life sciences with larger, structural scientific and technological concepts. Hands-on experiments provide demonstrative learning experiences where students make predictions and develop conclusions themselves.

Curriculum includes:

  • Ecology, plants and life cycles, and sea life
  • The senses
  • Light and sound waves
  • Structure, function, and information processing (Biomimicry)
  • Space and the solar system
  • Integrated technology sea life project

SOCIAL STUDIES

The import of responsible and informed citizenship begins early. Alongside an introduction to history and social institutions, students are taught to appreciate individual and cultural differences through thematic lessons.

The course also offers community service learning opportunities to support students’ social growth and create an early understanding of global responsibility.

Curriculum includes:

  • Geography
  • History
  • Inquiry and socratic dialogue
  • Economics
  • Civics

Specials (out-of-classroom courses)

ART

  • Artists and art styles
  • Art history
  • Collage
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving and textiles

CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CHARACTER EDUCATION

  • Fables, parables, legends, and other stories
  • Holidays
  • Introduction to Old and New Testament
  • Study of biblical heroes

CREATIVE ARTS MOVEMENT

  • Awareness of body movement potential
  • Integration with science curriculum
  • Problem solving through choreographies
  • Movement vocabulary

FRENCH

  • Communication
  • Comparisons
  • Cross-curriculum connections
  • Cultures

LIBRARY AND MEDIA LITERACY

  • Book selection
  • Characteristics of books
  • Library media procedures

MUSIC

  • Exploration of music through movement
  • Introduction to Orff instruments
  • Musical Performance
  • Rhythm and tonal dictation

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

  • Develop strong cardio, respiratory, muscular endurance, and flexibility
  • Participate in fun games, sport, and lifelong physical activities
  • Tie health to total wellness

General Information

ASSESSMENT

The Academy uses a series of informal and formal assessments throughout the year to identify each student’s individual progress, strengths, and areas for development. Reading comprehension level and progress is measured three times a year via the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment.

FIELD TRIPS

  • Grade 1 and 8 Buddy Program (apple picking at an orchard)
  • Sea Life Aquarium
  • Theater Trip – Literature Play

SPECIAL EXPERIENCES

  • Buddy program
  • Chapel assembly
  • Christmas chapel giving
  • Community service
  • Creative arts movement presentations
  • Extracurricular activities including arts and crafts, Catholic formation, chess club, golf, junior chef, and more
  • Field day
  • First grade musical
  • Garden classroom
  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day
  • Halloween parade
  • Soccer, basketball, floor hockey, and softball intramurals
  • Multi-age STEAM activities
  • Sea life performance
  • Special assemblies and celebrations

SPECIAL RESOURCES

  • Full-time school nurse
  • Learning resource specialist
  • Technology and learning specialist

TECHNOLOGY

  • Beginner coding and programming is introduced
  • Creative programs, visual literacy, and game-based learning are integrated into curriculum
  • Digital safety and citizenship
  • Lego robotics