Corlears Is Changing Shape

On August 26th the Corlears Board of Trustees approved the exciting launch of new age level groupings:

  • Previously we had a combined 4/5s program and we will now move to a stand-alone Kindergarten program (5s) 
  • Previously we had a combined 2/3s program and we will now have a stand-alone 2s classroom with a cutoff age of 2.0
  • This shift will create a new age grouping at Corlears — the 3/4s, which is, pedagogically, a wonderful two years to pair 

These exciting changes mean that in the 2015-16 school year, Corlears will offer a 2s, 3/4s, Kindergarten, 1st/2nd Grade, 3rd/4th Grade and 5th Grade.   These shifts in the preschool and lower grades, plus the enhancements of a dynamic upper grades program, support tremendous growth for every student at Corlears, and positions us as a leader in elementary education.

Multi-age instruction will continue at all grade levels, including 2s, 5s and 10s.  We will continue to go beyond the mixed age “homeroom” approach and develop even more opportunities for children to work together in deliberate and strategic ways to promote student learning.

Students will be grouped in ways that are best for the learning activity. The 2s will continue to connect with the 3s and the 4s will continue to connect with the 5s— even though they may not share a classroom all week. As they do now, all of our students will continue to learn some things in single age groups. Exactly which multi-age connections are best will be what our faculty will be designing this year.

Program Outline

Click through below to learn more about our ages and grades.

Preschool Ages (2s and 3/4s)

2s - Creativity and Communication

3s - Peer Modeling and Community

4s - Collaboration and Leadership

Kindergarten - Literacy, Math, Social Studies, Art, Science, Technology

Kindergarten (5s)

Lower Grades (1st and 2nd) - Conceptual Understanding, Creative Problem-Solving, Homework

1st grade (6s)

2nd grade (7s)

Upper Grades (3rd, 4th, and 5th) - Peer Mentoring, Our Past, Project-Based Math, Guidance

3rd, 4th and 5th grades (8s/9s/10s)

Middle School Outplacement Program - Complete, Comprehensive

Outplacement Program highlights