We believe the seeds of lifelong learning lie in the wonder that characterizes early childhood. With an approach based on child development and early-learning research, the ELC attends closely to the social-emotional needs of young children while engaging their natural curiosity, creativity, and love of hands-on learning. We strike a balance between teacher-led instruction and child-driven discovery, allowing students to form questions, seek answers, and represent their thinking based on exploration and research.
Our ELC curriculum is distinguished by its alignment with learning theory, clearly defined standards, and an expectation that children of this age are competent and capable. Instruction in reading, writing, mathematics, Spanish, character development, and other subjects begin in Preschool, resulting in levels of student achievement that are often surprising - and always developmentally appropriate. Our student-teacher ratio ensures that every student receives the attention and guidance he or she needs to excel. As an integral part of the rest of the school, ELC students use the library, gymnasium, and other first-rate facilities, reflecting our signature lessons about membership in community.
St. Thomas School will start the year and be in remote learning mode until at least October 16. If, at that time, COVID-19 activity has decreased to a moderate level, as defined by DOH guidelines, we will begin to phase in hybrid learning. Having students on campus has been, and continues to be, among our highest priorities.