Berkeley Hall’s primary program in grades one through three emphasizes success-oriented learning to develop independent learners, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.
Core teachers, with the support of a resource teacher, build skills with a blend of whole-class learning and flexible ability grouping. Enrichment activities challenge students to progress beyond their own level. As a result, students gain confidence in their abilities and learn to exceed their own expectations.
Development of the report writing and creative composition process, a strong reading program emphasizing reading for information as well as reading for pleasure, and a consistent use of manipulatives in math form the foundation of the curriculum. Students regularly create multi-discipline projects encompassing core subjects, technology, art, and woodshop. They also begin a study of Spanish and have weekly drama classes.
Participation in Monday morning chapel, which focuses on character values, begins in first grade, reinforcing the balance of heart and mind that is the core of a Berkeley Hall education.