Lower and 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


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


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


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


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 Courses


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


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


  • Communication
  • Comparisons
  • Cross-curriculum connections
  • Cultures


  • Book selection
  • Characteristics of books
  • Library media procedures


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


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

General Information


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.


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


  • Buddy program
  • Chapel assembly
  • Christmas Chapel Giving assembly
  • Community service
  • After-school activities like Arts and Crafts, Catholic Formation, Chess Club, TGA Golf and Junior Chefs
  • Field Day
  • Class play/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


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


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