August 31, 2017

Friends School Publishes Updated Curriculum for Preschool-8th grade



Our teaching faculty is proud to share with you our newly revised curriculum guide that spans all ages and grades across all subject areas.

While Friends teachers have always had a clear and well-articulated curriculum, we have not had an easy-to-follow guide for parents on our website.

Our newly updated curriculum guide not only articulates the skills and concepts that our students learn, it also captures the essence of what makes the Friends School program so distinctive, engaging, and successful. It is a worthwhile and useful tool for both current and prospective parents. 

Friends School’s curriculum meets or exceeds all standards and guidelines for accreditation with the Association of Colorado Independent Schools as well as Colorado state standards.

You will discover a new beautifully designed grade-by-grade and subject-by-subject chart.  All subjects are documented, in preschool, elementary school and middle school. (The only exceptions are technology and library skills, which are coming soon.)

In addition we have refreshed, re-written, and re-titled the former Curriculum Updates, which give a more holistic overview of each school subject. These Curriculum Overviews in math, science, reading, Spanish, social emotional learning and assessment, will be up on the website in a few short weeks. Overviews on social studies and writing are in the works. Other subjects will be forthcoming. These Overviews are comprehensive essays that describe Friends School’s philosophy and curriculum from Preschool through 8th grade, lucidating the essence of our dynamic academic programs. 

The preschool, elementary school and middle school sections of our website also contain other useful information that highlight our programs.

All of our Friends School teachers believe deeply in engaging our students by emphasizing an experiential and integrated curriculum, focused on academics, problem solving, creativity, critical thinking, and social responsibility. Skilled teachers identify children’s
natural curiosity as building blocks for a flexible yet structured curriculum that engages students, stretches their abilities, and simultaneously helps them develop their respect for others.

I owe a debt of gratitude to all of our teachers who have worked for a year on this project.  In particular, I am extremely grateful to Associate Head of School Mandy Stepanovsky for spearheading and being the lead writer on the elementary curriculum project, to Middle School Director Shelby Pawlina and her team for the middle school project, to our entire preschool team, and to Director of Marketing and Communications Meg Hansen for all her design work on making everything so aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. 

Please take some time to check out our new curriculum guide.  All feedback is very welcome. 

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