Lower School Academics
During the Lower School years at Park East, Kindergarten through Grade 5, students follow a dual curriculum equally divided between Jewish and General Studies.
Students learn to develop and transfer skills and strategies from subject to subject in an atmosphere characterized by respect both for one’s own and different points of view.
How do we fit it all into a single school day?
The answer lies at the core of our approach, where skills and strategies such as close textual reading and interpretation transfer successfully from subject to subject and build self-esteem, mastery, and confidence.
Students spend half their time following the New York State Core Curriculum frameworks; the other half is devoted to studying Torah, Prophets, Prayer, and Laws and Customs. Both programs are amplified and reinforced with vocal music, dance, art, and literature. Computer literacy—and safety—are fundamental. Individualized attention is provided to students who require either accelerated enhancement or support. Math, science and technology fairs, holiday assemblies and special programming, Color War, and interdisciplinary events provide a dynamic counterpart to academic life.
Lower School Program Highlights
- Interdisciplinary approach emphasizing research, writing, organizational, and study skills
- Non-competitive, trusting, and collaborative classroom environment
- Ivrit B’Ivrit classes stress textual learning
- Emphasis on Jewish traditions, culture, and heritage
- Smart Boards in all classrooms from Kindergarten forward train students to access a world of data and ideas
- Technology as a tool for learning incorporated into all disciplines as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and basic programming are introduced
- Special classes in art, music, library, and gym