K-8 Curriculum

Kids reading together
Student showing teacher the work she is presenting to the class

Because we believe that children learn best when they are actively involved, NCCL offers its students many opportunities to immerse themselves in open-ended learning experiences. Structured K-8 curriculum includes: mathematics, reading, writing, social studies, science, Spanish, music, art, physical education, and full recess for all ages.

We Emphasize:

  • Guided, cooperative learning
  • Social and emotional skills such as inclusion, empathy, kindness and diversity
  • Connections across academics, such as math with history
  • Inquiry-based projects, short and long term
  • Positive discipline
  • Environmental sustainability

Our Philosophy is that children learn best when:

  • They are actively involved.
  • They use all of their senses to discuss, debate, explore, investigate, create, and gather their own information.
  • They study subjects in depth rather than in broad overviews, bringing in information and concepts from related areas.
  • They are interested in the topic, are challenged but not frustrated, and are having fun.

Our Curriculum is designed to:

  • Rely on non-competitive assessments, not standardized testing.
  • Be child centered.
  • Be developmentally appropriate.
  • Teach key concepts and skills, academic and social.
  • Include open-ended learning experiences which have many solutions to one problem.
  • Be integrated.
  • Respond to children’s needs and interests.

Explore the NCCL Curriculum