Ages 6-12 / Grades 1-6
When visiting our elementary school you will hear terms like “multi-age class,” “central subject,” “fresh-air break,” “project-based learning” and “self-contained classroom.” Taken together, these elements help create a dynamic, inspiring, and welcoming learning community for students ages five to twelve and their teachers.
Most classrooms in the elementary school are multi-age, or the equivalent of two grades. Multi-age classes allow us to consider the academic, social, and maturational needs of a student when assigning him or her to a classroom as opposed to placement driven by birth date.
Sixth grade is a wonderful year for Paideia students. As the oldest children in the elementary school, sixth-graders are given space to push themselves both academically and socially within the intimate and nurturing community of a homebase classroom. We believe that keeping these children in elementary school helps foster confidence and self-awareness as they prepare for the rapid intellectual and emotional changes that accompany junior high school.