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At Trey Whitfield School, we believe that creating a positive learning environment is paramount for the growth and development of young children. Our curriculum for the lower school, spanning Kindergarten through 4th grade, is carefully designed to align with New York State Common Core/Next Generation Learning Standards while embracing our philosophy of educating the "whole child" – cognitively, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

Subject Area Blocks

Students engage in daily subject area blocks, covering English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies. These blocks serve as the foundation for a well-rounded education.

Foundational Skills Development

 Beginning in Kindergarten and continuing through to 4th grade, our curriculum focuses on developing essential skills such as fluent reading, coherent and creative writing, mathematical thinking, and scientific exploration.


Visual Art and Music

 In addition to core academic subjects, students also participate in visual art and music classes. These creative outlets not only enrich the curriculum but also provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their learning in various ways and support different learning styles.

Instructional Strategies

We employ a variety of instructional practices, including differentiated instruction, center-based learning, project-based learning, small group activities, and whole-class instruction, to cater to diverse learning needs and styles.

Literacy Across the Curriculum

As students progress through the lower school grades, they transition from learning to read to reading to learn. Instructional activities are strategically designed to foster and reinforce skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening across all subject areas.

Our lower school curriculum is not just about academic excellence; it's about nurturing well-rounded individuals who are confident, creative, and critical thinkers. Through a combination of rigorous academics, creative exploration, and a supportive learning environment, we strive to empower our students to become lifelong learners and contributors to their communities and beyond.