COVID-19 building closure: As we do our part to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19, our students are engaged in remote learning. Currently, the building is closed until at least April 30.
The best way to see what Countryside is doing during this time is to engage with us on social media: Countryside Facebook
To learn how we are delivering our classes digitally: E-Learning during COVIDTo see our basic school communications: COVID-19 Updates
Middle School Applications: Applications are due March 31. With the building currently closed, please submit applications via email to our Admissions Director, Judy Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scan or photograph each page and email to Judy Kaplan
- Send photo of your child to Judy Kaplan
- Ask your recommender to email the teacher recommendation directly to Judy Kaplan
- Mail your check for the application fee to the school
Questions? Email us: email@example.com
Kindergarten/1st Grade Highlights
Our Kindergarten/1st grade or "K/1 room" experience is often described as "magical." Visit the classroom and you may find yourself entering a completely different environment. The students may transform their classroom into a rainforest complete with a giant Kapok tree suitable for sitting in to ponder the secrets of the rainforest. Later you may enter the environment of space where you will find the K/1 students putting the finishing touches on their solar system model or manning the cockpit in preparation for launch of their "life-size" space shuttle.
Students imagine, plan, and help to construct and paint these elaborate projects to immerse themselves in their unit of study. Additional benefits include teamwork, cooperation, and creativity. Perhaps the most important benefit the students gain from these science and social studies projects is a "can do" attitude that will lay the foundation for the rest of their education at Countryside. The students retain their imagination and excitement and learn to transform their dreams into reality as they mature and progress through their later years here.
When the children study a country or time period, all academic subjects are integrated into the study of that country or time period. For instance, while in ancient Egypt, the math groups measure pyramids, use the Egyptian number system (fortunately base 10!) and play ancient Egyptian games using a variety of math skills. During Reading/Writing Workshop time, the children read books about Egypt and write about Egypt. The children also enjoy writing using hieroglyphs!
The children work in math and reading groups according to achievement level, and study a world language (Chinese or Spanish). They also have PE, music and Moventures. In addition, each year the K/1 students plan and implement a service project where they eagerly use their talents to help others in need.
“What I treasure most is the wonderful warmth and sense of community. There is a real sense of belonging here.”
- parent of a Kindergarten student
Some highlights of K/1:
- Sailing the "seas" in our Ocean Show
- Learning Chinese or Spanish
- Virtual safari
- Building the Great Pyramid
- Combining community service with basic economics in our bakery project
- Creating a castle, medieval feast (complete with jousting and Maypole dancing)