Student learning is Graland’s central purpose, and the goal of our program is to cultivate their critical habits of mind, expand their breadth of knowledge, and provide them with a range of skills that will prepare them to meet the challenges that lie ahead. The curriculum is designed to provide an ever-widening circle of understanding for children. In earlier grades, students examine the meaning and value of family and communities. As they grow older, they begin to examine history, religion, and literature to gain a far-reaching perspective of their place in the world. In Middle School, students study conflict across the globe and engage in problem solving at a world level.
From kindergarten through eighth grade, studies are integrated across disciplines, bringing math into studies of poverty in the U.S. and art into studies of the ancient Egyptians. Students gain a solid foundation in foreign languages, including the option of Latin. They acquire global awareness through knowledge of other cultures and become informed about ethical and moral issues, learning to approach them with sensitivity and courage. The teaching program includes small classes, collaborative group work, individual projects, and student exhibitions and presentations. We provide a safe and caring environment where each student is nurtured to develop his or her mind, character, and health.
Responsive Classroom™ is a teaching approach employed in Graland’s Lower School classrooms. The method is anchored by practical strategies for bringing together social and academic learning throughout the school day. It also focuses on the importance of knowing students developmentally, individually and culturally. In studies, the Responsive Classroom approach has shown improved social skills and increased academic engagement, a positive classroom climate, greater learner investment and independence, and fewer disruptive behaviors.1
1Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. Responsive Classroom: Introductory Overview Resource Book, 2007, pg. 11.
|Schools Attuned™ is a professional development program providing Graland educators with tools they need to understand student differences in learning. The program, which focuses on eight neurodevelopmental constructs that affect learning, helps to enhance instructional decision-making and enables teachers to differentiate in the classroom for different types of learners.|