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Academics
Overview

The Children’s School is what school should be—a vibrant launchpad for kids to thrive in the 21st century. TCS understands that what kids will need to succeed in tomorrow’s changing, interconnected world goes far beyond simply memorizing the facts and figures required by outdated standardized tests. It’s a transformative learning journey we’re leading, where kids, and their parents, get to discover who they are—their strengths, how they learn and what they love.

At The Children’s School we help students become strong adaptive learners through immersive project-based learning, robust academics and exciting enrichment and after-school opportunities. By the time our students graduate, they are highly skilled, confident, compassionate, community-minded global citizens who are well equipped to lead successful lives and make a positive difference in the world.

Age 3-5

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At TCS, three-, four- and five-year olds become active participants in learning and building community. Through play, our youngest students explore and make sense of their world, examine language, articulate their thinking, practice handwriting, gain basic math skills, learn to navigate the social world, develop strong spatial skills and begin to experiment with creative problem solving.

With a student to teacher ratio of 6:1 in our 3’s-4’s classrooms and 8:1 in our 4’s-5’s classrooms, our 3-to-5 year-olds receive individualized attention from top-rate teachers. They enjoy art, music and movement, Spanish, story-time with a dedicated teacher-librarian, and much more. They especially love the relationships they build with their Big Buddies – older students with whom they regularly play and learn, and who mentor and model good behavior and citizenship.

Curriculum

Language Arts

The language arts program includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the lower grades, teachers implement a balanced approach to teaching reading that incorporates language experience, guided reading strategies, phonics and multi-sensory approaches to language. These increase student involvement and motivate further exploration and growth. In upper grades, children are exposed to a reading workshop approach that includes a variety of nonfiction and reference materials, as well as works of fiction. Skills, strategies and literary techniques are taught within the context of the reading program across all grade levels.

Writing occurs daily in the classrooms through labeling, dictation, journal writing, research reports and learning logs. Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop approach is used in grades K-7. Students work through all the phases of writing, from brainstorming to producing a final draft. Grammar instruction takes place within the context of reading, writing and speaking.

Kindergarten and first grades use the “Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers” series, as well as other materials to build children’s spelling success, which includes inventive and phonetic spelling as a natural phase of developing formal spelling and literacy skills. The spelling program is based on phonemic awareness. Students learn and practice rules for spelling the sounds that make up the English language. In grades two and three, teachers draw from “Rebecca Sitton’s Sourcebook for Teaching Spelling and Word Skills” and “Words Their Way”, both of which are research-based instructional models, as well as other materials with which teachers can target instruction based on students’ needs and development. For students in grades 4 through 7, spelling instruction is embedded into writer’s workshop.

Math

In our Early Learning program, students are encouraged to explore their spatial world, play with blocks, build things and explore patterns and properties of objects, all of which builds the foundation for numeracy. Then they’re introduced to pre-number concepts such as counting with one-to-one correspondence, sorting, and patterns, through play. Kindergarten through seventh grade students use “Singapore Math, Math in Focus.” This is an authentic Singapore Math curriculum, based on national standards used in Singapore, and it meets or exceeds all Curriculum Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  “Math in Focus” focuses on problem solving to facilitate math learning. Concepts are taught with a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The Singapore program solidly builds the foundational concepts that will best prepare students for higher math. This style of learning stimulates clarity of thought, communication skill in the language of mathematics and adaptability to problem solving.

Broad topic categories for grade levels include: numeration; operations and relations; data collection and analysis; geometry; measures and reference frames; money; and patterns, rules and functions. The program has built-in extensions and flexibility that allow it to be tailored to the needs of students of every ability.

Science

Teachers introduce science through exploration of the natural and physical world. Older and younger students are encouraged to solve problems using process skills that include observation, classification, record-keeping, making hypotheses, experimentation, consideration of variables and drawing conclusions. The program uses a hands-on, investigative approach that is correlated to the developmental needs of students and is designed to help students gain concept and topic knowledge and science skills as they progress. At each grade level, students study topics from life, earth and space and physical sciences. Science is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Social Studies

The overall goals of the social studies program are to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for responsible and effective participation in all aspects of a global society; to improve students’ abilities to make intelligent and socially responsible decisions and to assist in developing informed attitudes toward controversial issues. Six themes are stressed: cultural studies, history, civics, geography, economics and science, technology and society. In each of these areas, there is an expanding progression of topics, moving from self, family and home to world issues and cultures. The instructional program provides for children’s active involvement in their learning process. Social studies is interactive with other areas of the curriculum and encourages taking learning beyond the classroom, including community service projects. Social studies is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education program is unique among Atlanta area elementary schools. Students in grades three through seven become immersed in Georgia’s great outdoors on fall or spring multi-night, overnight camping trips. Teachers integrate each trip into grade-level curricula through classroom study and on-site activities. The trips are planned and sequenced so that over a four-year period students can develop skills and competencies in camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking as well as familiarity with the ecology of mountains, barrier islands, cypress swamps, and rivers. Students in grades four through seven participate in an additional one-night, cabin-based trip focused on environmental learning activities.

As part of their project-based learning units, each class goes on multiple field trips to local venues each year. These include performances, museums, parks and education centers throughout the Atlanta area. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad cultural, environmental and historical opportunities that abound.  The purpose of the field experiences is to connect learning and school to the broader community in which we live.

Technology and Digital Literacy

At TCS, technology use and instruction is embedded within the curriculum and taught in a creative, design studio environment. Technology use supports the school’s progressive learning mission by creating opportunities for students to collaborate, create, share and explore. Students at all levels use mobile devices and technology tools in one-to-one and classroom learning centers to facilitate group and individual projects. In kindergarten, students begin their formal instruction in the computer/design/innovation studio to enhance the skills they’ll need in technology-infused classrooms and to strengthen their individual technology literacy. At all grade levels, students work with age-appropriate programming software. By the time they graduate, students will have been exposed to and engaged in all of the differing aspects of what it means to be truly digitally literate, including basic coding, computational thinking, digital content creation and how to navigate the increasingly complex world of online media and relationships.

TCS students begin working with classroom sets of iPads in second grade. Students in third through seventh  grades are issued iPads early in the school year to use both in class and, when appropriate, at home to  support anytime/anywhere learning.

The practice of good digital citizenship – students  using technology safely and responsibly – falls within the context of our larger community citizenship expectations. Please refer to the school’s statement on behavioral expectations which outlines our community’s Code of Conduct.

World Language

World language specialists teach Spanish two-to-three days per week to students in early learning through second grade, twice a week in grades three through five and three times a week for grades six and seven. Our goal is to provide a sequential language learning experience that works toward confidence in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students gain exposure to the language as well as to Hispanic cultures, countries and famous individuals.

Library

All students visit the library weekly. The program focus is on literature appreciation and information literacy skills. The librarians work closely with classroom teachers to incorporate classroom studies into the program. Beginning with early learning, students may check out books of their choice from the library.

Visual Arts

At all levels, the visual arts program strives to give children meaningful, enjoyable experiences with art. Children progress from exploratory experiences toward growing expertise with a variety of media. Children meet with the art specialist weekly. Projects range from free use of imagination to structured activities.

Music

The Children’s School uses an eclectic approach to music instruction. This approach affords the opportunity for students to sing, dance, play instruments, listen and express themselves musically. Students in early learning through grade five enjoy music within their classrooms and meet with a music specialist once a week. Students in grades six and seven may choose between general music with a vocal or instrumental focus meeting two or three times a week. Students in grades two through four have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices and grades five through seven have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices Show Ensemble.

Physical Education

Students age 3 through grade seven meet with a physical education specialist twice a week. Within the physical education program, students develop habits of fitness and wellness, experiment with creative movement and develop leisure and sports skills.

Character Education

From its inception, The Children’s School has focused on character development and education. We work to create an environment that inspires and promotes moral development. The Building Character and Community (BCC) Program, seeks to develop students’ personal and social integrity, teach peaceful conflict resolution, anger and temper management skills, and treating others fairly.

 

 

Immersive Project-Based Learning

At TCS, we use immersive project-based learning to embed big ideas, skills and academic subjects within an integrated, problem-based approach. When used together, these allow for a complete and nuanced understanding of the project and problems students are investigating.

Take a look at TCS project-based learning in action!

Learning Support

The primary function of the Resource Program at The Children’s School is to offer support to families, children and teachers to maximize students’ academic success. The Resource Team collaborates closely with classroom teachers to identify individual learning needs and differentiate instruction with enrichment approaches, academic strategies, accommodations and interventions.

When students demonstrate a need for additional academic support, the Resource Team administers classroom observations and standardized assessments to identify appropriate next steps and determine the need for auxiliary services. It is generally upon the recommendation of the classroom teachers that the Resource Program initiates testing; however, parents may reach out and must request and authorize support services.

The Resource Program also offers academic support for math and language arts so children can gain the skills and confidence they need to thrive. Math support employs a consultative model delivered in the classroom, and language arts support is delivered in the Learning Lab through small group remedial instruction that uses an Orton-Gillingham informed approach.

Please note that The Children’s School does not offer on-site diagnostic testing. When teachers and parents agree that assessment may be beneficial, the resource director and administration will recommend professionals who have educational testing expertise. The resource director also provides referrals to specialists and tutors. Please contact Michelle Toma-Harrold, director of resource services, with questions at 404-835-4628 or michelleth@tcsatl.org.

Grades K-5

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From developing math skills through real-world projects to building and programming their own robots, our play- and project-based approach to learning allows K–5 students opportunities to explore real-world challenges, learn essential 21st century skills like communication and collaboration and make their voices heard.

We take learning beyond the four walls of the classroom. Through overnight camping trips starting in third grade, walking to the many cultural institutions in our Midtown neighborhood or simply crossing the street to Piedmont Park, our K–5 students learn not just to observe, but also to become truly engaged citizens of the world.

Curriculum

Language Arts

The language arts program includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the lower grades, teachers implement a balanced approach to teaching reading that incorporates language experience, guided reading strategies, phonics and multi-sensory approaches to language. These increase student involvement and motivate further exploration and growth. In upper grades, children are exposed to a reading workshop approach that includes a variety of nonfiction and reference materials, as well as works of fiction. Skills, strategies and literary techniques are taught within the context of the reading program across all grade levels.

Writing occurs daily in the classrooms through labeling, dictation, journal writing, research reports and learning logs. Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop approach is used in grades K-7. Students work through all the phases of writing, from brainstorming to producing a final draft. Grammar instruction takes place within the context of reading, writing and speaking.

Kindergarten and first grades use the “Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers” series, as well as other materials to build children’s spelling success, which includes inventive and phonetic spelling as a natural phase of developing formal spelling and literacy skills. The spelling program is based on phonemic awareness. Students learn and practice rules for spelling the sounds that make up the English language. In grades two and three, teachers draw from “Rebecca Sitton’s Sourcebook for Teaching Spelling and Word Skills” and “Words Their Way”, both of which are research-based instructional models, as well as other materials with which teachers can target instruction based on students’ needs and development. For students in grades 4 through 7, spelling instruction is embedded into writer’s workshop.

Math

In our Early Learning program, students are encouraged to explore their spatial world, play with blocks, build things and explore patterns and properties of objects, all of which builds the foundation for numeracy. Then they’re introduced to pre-number concepts such as counting with one-to-one correspondence, sorting, and patterns, through play. Kindergarten through seventh grade students use “Singapore Math, Math in Focus.” This is an authentic Singapore Math curriculum, based on national standards used in Singapore, and it meets or exceeds all Curriculum Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  “Math in Focus” focuses on problem solving to facilitate math learning. Concepts are taught with a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The Singapore program solidly builds the foundational concepts that will best prepare students for higher math. This style of learning stimulates clarity of thought, communication skill in the language of mathematics and adaptability to problem solving.

Broad topic categories for grade levels include: numeration; operations and relations; data collection and analysis; geometry; measures and reference frames; money; and patterns, rules and functions. The program has built-in extensions and flexibility that allow it to be tailored to the needs of students of every ability.

Science

Teachers introduce science through exploration of the natural and physical world. Older and younger students are encouraged to solve problems using process skills that include observation, classification, record-keeping, making hypotheses, experimentation, consideration of variables and drawing conclusions. The program uses a hands-on, investigative approach that is correlated to the developmental needs of students and is designed to help students gain concept and topic knowledge and science skills as they progress. At each grade level, students study topics from life, earth and space and physical sciences. Science is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Social Studies

The overall goals of the social studies program are to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for responsible and effective participation in all aspects of a global society; to improve students’ abilities to make intelligent and socially responsible decisions and to assist in developing informed attitudes toward controversial issues. Six themes are stressed: cultural studies, history, civics, geography, economics and science, technology and society. In each of these areas, there is an expanding progression of topics, moving from self, family and home to world issues and cultures. The instructional program provides for children’s active involvement in their learning process. Social studies is interactive with other areas of the curriculum and encourages taking learning beyond the classroom, including community service projects. Social studies is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education program is unique among Atlanta area elementary schools. Students in grades three through seven become immersed in Georgia’s great outdoors on fall or spring multi-night, overnight camping trips. Teachers integrate each trip into grade-level curricula through classroom study and on-site activities. The trips are planned and sequenced so that over a four-year period students can develop skills and competencies in camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking as well as familiarity with the ecology of mountains, barrier islands, cypress swamps, and rivers. Students in grades four through seven participate in an additional one-night, cabin-based trip focused on environmental learning activities.

As part of their project-based learning units, each class goes on multiple field trips to local venues each year. These include performances, museums, parks and education centers throughout the Atlanta area. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad cultural, environmental and historical opportunities that abound.  The purpose of the field experiences is to connect learning and school to the broader community in which we live.

Technology and Digital Literacy

At TCS, technology use and instruction is embedded within the curriculum and taught in a creative, design studio environment. Technology use supports the school’s progressive learning mission by creating opportunities for students to collaborate, create, share and explore. Students at all levels use mobile devices and technology tools in one-to-one and classroom learning centers to facilitate group and individual projects. In kindergarten, students begin their formal instruction in the computer/design/innovation studio to enhance the skills they’ll need in technology-infused classrooms and to strengthen their individual technology literacy. At all grade levels, students work with age-appropriate programming software. By the time they graduate, students will have been exposed to and engaged in all of the differing aspects of what it means to be truly digitally literate, including basic coding, computational thinking, digital content creation and how to navigate the increasingly complex world of online media and relationships.

TCS students begin working with classroom sets of iPads in second grade. Students in third through seventh  grades are issued iPads early in the school year to use both in class and, when appropriate, at home to  support anytime/anywhere learning.

The practice of good digital citizenship – students  using technology safely and responsibly – falls within the context of our larger community citizenship expectations. Please refer to the school’s statement on behavioral expectations which outlines our community’s Code of Conduct.

World Language

World language specialists teach Spanish two-to-three days per week to students in early learning through second grade, twice a week in grades three through five and three times a week for grades six and seven. Our goal is to provide a sequential language learning experience that works toward confidence in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students gain exposure to the language as well as to Hispanic cultures, countries and famous individuals.

Library

All students visit the library weekly. The program focus is on literature appreciation and information literacy skills. The librarians work closely with classroom teachers to incorporate classroom studies into the program. Beginning with early learning, students may check out books of their choice from the library.

Visual Arts

At all levels, the visual arts program strives to give children meaningful, enjoyable experiences with art. Children progress from exploratory experiences toward growing expertise with a variety of media. Children meet with the art specialist weekly. Projects range from free use of imagination to structured activities.

Music

The Children’s School uses an eclectic approach to music instruction. This approach affords the opportunity for students to sing, dance, play instruments, listen and express themselves musically. Students in early learning through grade five enjoy music within their classrooms and meet with a music specialist once a week. Students in grades six and seven may choose between general music with a vocal or instrumental focus meeting two or three times a week. Students in grades two through four have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices and grades five through seven have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices Show Ensemble.

Physical Education

Students age 3 through grade seven meet with a physical education specialist twice a week. Within the physical education program, students develop habits of fitness and wellness, experiment with creative movement and develop leisure and sports skills.

Character Education

From its inception, The Children’s School has focused on character development and education. We work to create an environment that inspires and promotes moral development. The Building Character and Community (BCC) Program, seeks to develop students’ personal and social integrity, teach peaceful conflict resolution, anger and temper management skills, and treating others fairly.

 

Immersive Project-Based Learning

At TCS, we use immersive project-based learning to embed big ideas, skills and academic subjects within an integrated, problem-based approach. When used together, these allow for a complete and nuanced understanding of the project and problems students are investigating.

Take a look at TCS project-based learning in action!

Grades 6-8

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The middle years are a time of transition and vulnerability. The journey to adulthood is not yet complete, so TCS honors the emerging adult, and the child that remains, building on the joy, wonder and curiosity of this age – while also developing the skills and knowledge needed for teens to build a lifelong foundation as innovators and global contributors.

At this age, students grapple with big ideas, forge community connections, and explore the question of who they are in this world – distinct from friends, family and teachers. The curriculum is grounded in well-respected national standards that articulate expectations for content mastery, critical thinking, and applied learning.

Students develop deep understandings in social studies, science, math and writing, and apply that knowledge to hands-on, community-based problem solving, which allows them to:

  • Develop strong academic skills from faculty who are experts in their subjects
  • Understand how academics answer important questions about their world
  • Establish the advocacy and communication skills to add their unique voice, perspective and contributions to the local and national dialogue about issues like social justice, equity and sustainability.

Curriculum

Language Arts

The language arts program includes reading, writing, listening and speaking. In the lower grades, teachers implement a balanced approach to teaching reading that incorporates language experience, guided reading strategies, phonics and multi-sensory approaches to language. These increase student involvement and motivate further exploration and growth. In upper grades, children are exposed to a reading workshop approach that includes a variety of nonfiction and reference materials, as well as works of fiction. Skills, strategies and literary techniques are taught within the context of the reading program across all grade levels.

Writing occurs daily in the classrooms through labeling, dictation, journal writing, research reports and learning logs. Lucy Calkins’ Writer’s Workshop approach is used in grades K-7. Students work through all the phases of writing, from brainstorming to producing a final draft. Grammar instruction takes place within the context of reading, writing and speaking.

Kindergarten and first grades use the “Sounds and Letters for Readers and Spellers” series, as well as other materials to build children’s spelling success, which includes inventive and phonetic spelling as a natural phase of developing formal spelling and literacy skills. The spelling program is based on phonemic awareness. Students learn and practice rules for spelling the sounds that make up the English language. In grades two and three, teachers draw from “Rebecca Sitton’s Sourcebook for Teaching Spelling and Word Skills” and “Words Their Way”, both of which are research-based instructional models, as well as other materials with which teachers can target instruction based on students’ needs and development. For students in grades 4 through 7, spelling instruction is embedded into writer’s workshop.

Math

In our Early Learning program, students are encouraged to explore their spatial world, play with blocks, build things and explore patterns and properties of objects, all of which builds the foundation for numeracy. Then they’re introduced to pre-number concepts such as counting with one-to-one correspondence, sorting, and patterns, through play. Kindergarten through seventh grade students use “Singapore Math, Math in Focus.” This is an authentic Singapore Math curriculum, based on national standards used in Singapore, and it meets or exceeds all Curriculum Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics developed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).  “Math in Focus” focuses on problem solving to facilitate math learning. Concepts are taught with a concrete-pictorial-abstract learning progression through real-world, hands-on experiences. The Singapore program solidly builds the foundational concepts that will best prepare students for higher math. This style of learning stimulates clarity of thought, communication skill in the language of mathematics and adaptability to problem solving.

Broad topic categories for grade levels include: numeration; operations and relations; data collection and analysis; geometry; measures and reference frames; money; and patterns, rules and functions. The program has built-in extensions and flexibility that allow it to be tailored to the needs of students of every ability.

Science

Teachers introduce science through exploration of the natural and physical world. Older and younger students are encouraged to solve problems using process skills that include observation, classification, record-keeping, making hypotheses, experimentation, consideration of variables and drawing conclusions. The program uses a hands-on, investigative approach that is correlated to the developmental needs of students and is designed to help students gain concept and topic knowledge and science skills as they progress. At each grade level, students study topics from life, earth and space and physical sciences. Science is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Social Studies

The overall goals of the social studies program are to equip students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for responsible and effective participation in all aspects of a global society; to improve students’ abilities to make intelligent and socially responsible decisions and to assist in developing informed attitudes toward controversial issues. Six themes are stressed: cultural studies, history, civics, geography, economics and science, technology and society. In each of these areas, there is an expanding progression of topics, moving from self, family and home to world issues and cultures. The instructional program provides for children’s active involvement in their learning process. Social studies is interactive with other areas of the curriculum and encourages taking learning beyond the classroom, including community service projects. Social studies is most often integrated with other subjects within the project-based learning units.

Outdoor Education

Our Outdoor Education program is unique among Atlanta area elementary schools. Students in grades three through seven become immersed in Georgia’s great outdoors on fall or spring multi-night, overnight camping trips. Teachers integrate each trip into grade-level curricula through classroom study and on-site activities. The trips are planned and sequenced so that over a four-year period students can develop skills and competencies in camping, hiking, canoeing and kayaking as well as familiarity with the ecology of mountains, barrier islands, cypress swamps, and rivers. Students in grades four through seven participate in an additional one-night, cabin-based trip focused on environmental learning activities.

As part of their project-based learning units, each class goes on multiple field trips to local venues each year. These include performances, museums, parks and education centers throughout the Atlanta area. Teachers are encouraged to take advantage of the myriad cultural, environmental and historical opportunities that abound.  The purpose of the field experiences is to connect learning and school to the broader community in which we live.

Technology and Digital Literacy

At TCS, technology use and instruction is embedded within the curriculum and taught in a creative, design studio environment. Technology use supports the school’s progressive learning mission by creating opportunities for students to collaborate, create, share and explore. Students at all levels use mobile devices and technology tools in one-to-one and classroom learning centers to facilitate group and individual projects. In kindergarten, students begin their formal instruction in the computer/design/innovation studio to enhance the skills they’ll need in technology-infused classrooms and to strengthen their individual technology literacy. At all grade levels, students work with age-appropriate programming software. By the time they graduate, students will have been exposed to and engaged in all of the differing aspects of what it means to be truly digitally literate, including basic coding, computational thinking, digital content creation and how to navigate the increasingly complex world of online media and relationships.

TCS students begin working with classroom sets of iPads in second grade. Students in third through seventh  grades are issued iPads early in the school year to use both in class and, when appropriate, at home to  support anytime/anywhere learning.

The practice of good digital citizenship – students  using technology safely and responsibly – falls within the context of our larger community citizenship expectations. Please refer to the school’s statement on behavioral expectations which outlines our community’s Code of Conduct.

World Language

World language specialists teach Spanish two-to-three days per week to students in early learning through second grade, twice a week in grades three through five and three times a week for grades six and seven. Our goal is to provide a sequential language learning experience that works toward confidence in the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. Students gain exposure to the language as well as to Hispanic cultures, countries and famous individuals.

Library

All students visit the library weekly. The program focus is on literature appreciation and information literacy skills. The librarians work closely with classroom teachers to incorporate classroom studies into the program. Beginning with early learning, students may check out books of their choice from the library.

Visual Arts

At all levels, the visual arts program strives to give children meaningful, enjoyable experiences with art. Children progress from exploratory experiences toward growing expertise with a variety of media. Children meet with the art specialist weekly. Projects range from free use of imagination to structured activities.

Music

The Children’s School uses an eclectic approach to music instruction. This approach affords the opportunity for students to sing, dance, play instruments, listen and express themselves musically. Students in early learning through grade five enjoy music within their classrooms and meet with a music specialist once a week. Students in grades six and seven may choose between general music with a vocal or instrumental focus meeting two or three times a week. Students in grades two through four have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices and grades five through seven have the opportunity to participate in TCS Voices Show Ensemble.

Physical Education

Students age 3 through grade seven meet with a physical education specialist twice a week. Within the physical education program, students develop habits of fitness and wellness, experiment with creative movement and develop leisure and sports skills.

Transitioning to High School

We work closely with our families to choose schools where their children will thrive. We provide support to parents and children in every step of the transition to a new school. Mock interviews, practice essays, and SSAT classes prepare our students to move through the application process with confidence and poise. Schools love our children! The Head of School, Director of Elementary Learning and Director of Admissions and Outplacement all maintain close relationships with admissions directors at independent schools in the area and advocate for each student during the admissions process.

Our Outcomes

Graduates of The Children’s School are compassionate, community-minded global citizens who value diversity in its many forms. They are confident young people who are strong, adaptive learners and go on to excel in middle school and beyond.

Graduates of The Children’s School attend a variety of different middle schools throughout the Atlanta area and beyond including – Atlanta Girls School Atlanta International School The Friends School of Atlanta The Galloway School Inman Middle School The Little Middle School The Lovett School Paideia School The Westminster Schools Woodward Academy

Our students get administrative and faculty support preparing for the middle/high school application and transition process. TCS students develop experience writing essays, interviewing, and evaluating potential schools, skills that are necessary for high school, college, and professional careers.

TCS students are known peace-keepers. We get regular reports that when school conflicts naturally arise, faculty call on a graduate of The Children’s School to help resolve it.

Immersive Project-Based Learning

At TCS, we use immersive project-based learning to embed big ideas, skills and academic subjects within an integrated, problem-based approach. When used together, these allow for a complete and nuanced understanding of the project and problems students are investigating.

Take a look at TCS project-based learning in action!

Learning Support

The primary function of the Resource Program at The Children’s School is to offer support to families, children and teachers to maximize students’ academic success. The Resource Team collaborates closely with classroom teachers to identify individual learning needs and differentiate instruction with enrichment approaches, academic strategies, accommodations and interventions.

When students demonstrate a need for additional academic support, the Resource Team administers classroom observations and standardized assessments to identify appropriate next steps and determine the need for auxiliary services. It is generally upon the recommendation of the classroom teachers that the Resource Program initiates testing; however, parents may reach out and must request and authorize support services.

The Resource Program also offers academic support for math and language arts so children can gain the skills and confidence they need to thrive. Math support employs a consultative model delivered in the classroom, and language arts support is delivered in the Learning Lab through small group remedial instruction that uses an Orton-Gillingham informed approach.

Please note that The Children’s School does not offer on-site diagnostic testing. When teachers and parents agree that assessment may be beneficial, the resource director and administration will recommend professionals who have educational testing expertise. The resource director also provides referrals to specialists and tutors. Please contact Michelle Toma-Harrold, director of resource services, with questions at 404-835-4628 or michelleth@tcsatl.org.

Extended Day Program

The Extended Day program provides after-school activities in visual, performing and exploratory arts; sports and environmental studies for elementary and middle grades students from The Children’s School and the broader Atlanta community. It’s divided into the following four program areas.

Extended Day Contacts:

Christy R. Robinson
EDSL Director
Christy@tcsatl.org

Odvaungh M. Benjamin
EDSL Assistant & Director of Media
Vaughnb@tcsatl.org

Kareemah Abdullah
EDSL Staff Liaison/Team Lead
Kareemaha@tcsatl.org

Discovery, Age 3–Grade 4

Discovery includes recreational activities, educational support, and specialty offerings like Amazing Athletes, Splash on Literacy, Gymnastics with Gilda, and Nexplore. Extended Day teachers and community partners work together to offer sports, technology and performance art at no additional cost. Kindergarten through fourth grade students can also enroll in Enrichment program classes, select Day School Electives, and join a team through our TCS Athletics Program (third – seventh grade students).

EPIC, Grades 5–7

EPIC students participate in leadership/entrepreneurial development, student-created, high-interest clubs, and study hall. Participants engage in community service learning experiences through partnerships with Piedmont Park, Museum of Design, and so much more! EPIC students also have access to Day School Electives, High-Interest Clubs, and the TCS Athletics Program for an extra fee. We work with our students to help them design their own “EPIC” experience!

Enrichment, K–Grade 4

The Enrichment program includes lessons in visual arts, dance and movement, drama, intramural sports, and the TCS Athletics program during the fall and spring. These classes, which take place during Extended Day Program hours, are available to TCS students and children in the surrounding community.

Day School Electives, Grades 2–7

Day school electives extend the learning opportunities beyond school hours for TCS students. The primary focus is performance art with an emphasis on developing confidence and stage experiences in a safe performance environment. They are only for TCS day program students and include TCS Voices, TCS Voices Show Ensemble, TCS Jr. Players, TCS Players and TCS String Instrumentalist.

TCS Voices, Grades 2 – 4

For students interested in choral singing and music appreciation through instrumentation, music theory, and choral performance.

The Voices Show Ensemble, Grades 5 – 7

For singers who have participated in our dynamic TCS Voices programming as well as those new to our music program. The Show Ensemble combines singing and dance in order to convey an idea or concept for their audience to see.

TCS Jr. Players, Grades 2 – 4

Jr. Players allows students to learn basic theater skills that will develop their confidence, oratorical skills and musical theater talent.

TCS Players Grades 5 – 7

Our “amateur” theatrical group produces a stellar musical production each spring while reinforcing the Building Character and Community (BCC) curriculum throughout the process.

TCS String Instrumentalist Ensemble, Grades 5 – 7

Students who currently play the violin, viola, cello, bass or piano will learn to perform together.

TCS Athletics, Grades 3 – 7

TCS Athletics, Grades 3 – 7 TCS Athletics offers TCS students the opportunity to participate in cross country, basketball and soccer.

TCS Elementary Athletics Program, Grades 3 – 4

TCS elementary student-athletes participate in the Scholastic Atlanta Youth Sports League (SAYSL), a group of local private, independent and charter schools. Present members of the league include Midtown International School and Centennial Academy.

TCS Middle School Athletics Program, Grades 5 – 7

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is designed to meet the athletic
needs of our fifth through seventh grade student-athletes. This conference includes 14 schools and 11 different sports.

Summer Program

From theater to science to entrepreneurial opportunities, The Children’s School has something for everyone this summer! Our camps are organized by grade level, so select your camp to see what we have planned for you this summer.

To Register
Please Contact:

Vaughn M. Benjamin
vaughnb@tcsatl.org