LOWER SCHOOL - Kindergarten to Grade 5

Our private school program provides a wide array of experiences in an atmosphere where learning is natural and enjoyable, with a dynamic, balanced program that teaches traditional core content, develops 21st-century knowledge and skills, and emphasizes exploration, observation, and reasoning.

Characteristics Of The Program
  • A rigorous, sequential academic curriculum with an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills and intellectual habits of mind

  • Small class sizes with a highly-qualified, experienced teaching staff that values and encourages each individual child

  • A strong array of co-curricular enrichment classes in art, library, computer/technology, music, world language experience (Grades 3-5), and physical education, all taught by subject specialists

  • A formal code of ethics that promotes positive universal values such as honesty, respect, and responsibility and builds an inclusive and ethical school community (The values of the Clairbourn Code of Ethics permeate all aspects of school life.)
  • Regular use of technology as a learning tool

  • Extensive classroom libraries. Individual student computers for classroom use in Grades 4 and 5 

  • Individual, small group, and whole class learning activities, with cross-curricular teaching units that support individual and cooperative learning experiences

  • An emphasis on the development of strong communication skills including public speaking

  • A wide array of field trips, assemblies, and outside speakers that expose students to diverse perspectives and a breadth of experiences
  • An inclusive learning community that cultivates an appreciation for individual strengths and contributions

OVERVIEW - Academic & Enrichment Programs

A Rigorous Academic Program
Clairbourn has a comprehensive private school academic program comprised of three sequential, interlocking segments: Preschool, Lower School, K-5, and Middle School, 6-8.

Our curriculum is designed to be rigorous, intellectually challenging, and relevant to each student’s academic and personal growth.  The program provides an educational experience that prepares our graduates with the content knowledge and skills, intellectual habits of mind, and values-based ethical framework that open the doors for acceptance to excellent independent high schools.

Full-Spectrum Enrichment Programs
Technology on Clairbourn's campus is on the leading edge and is ever evolving to provide the latest proven tools for enhancing and expanding the student's classroom and learning experience.

Acquiring languages other than English and having a basic understanding of other cultures are important skills in today’s world, and Clairbourn’s language program lays the foundation for our students in these critical areas.

Clairbourn’s Library is the heart of Clairbourn’s educational resources and its literacy programs, with over 15,000 volumes and extensive pre-filtered, age-appropriate on-line resources.  

Service Learning activities, that start as young as preschool, develop the capacity for community service and good citizenship.

Clairbourn's Athletics Program develops the agility, coordination, and sportsmanship of its students through physical education classes and after-school sports activities.

Our Arts Program enables students to showcase their work in art shows, concerts, school-wide musical performances, and drama productions.

After School Options
Clairbourn's Before-School Daycare and After-School Daycare programs enable working parents to have child care for students from preschool through eighth grade.  These programs provide opportunities for students to be enrolled in supervised activities that can begin at 7 a.m. and extend until 6 p.m. After-School Classes and After-School Daycare are offered at an additional cost.

Summer Advantage Program
The Summer Advantage Program, for preschoolers and kindergarteners, is another enrichment program designed for encouraging school readiness.  Older students can participate in the Summer Equation program run on our campus by a group of creative Clairbourn teachers.

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