At Rolling Hills Country Day School we encourage curiosity, acknowledge responsibility, support creative ideas, and appreciate different points of view. We help our students acquire new life skills and cultivate existing ones. Our dedication to our students shines in the reflections of their intellectual, moral, physical, and social achievements.
In our classrooms, on our fields, and across our stage, we nurture the art of expression. Our students look within themselves and to their teachers for motivation, and to each other for inspiration. As our students develop their skills and enhance their natural abilities using the tools we provide, they come ever closer to achieving and often surpassing their goals.
The goals of the Lower School program are to:
- Establish a strong, well-balanced educational foundation
- Furnish an atmosphere that enhances their creativity and curiosity
- Cultivate critical thinking and problem solving skills
- Develop each child’s written and oral communication skills
- Offer a variety of hands-on mathematics and science explorations
- Encourage each child to reach his or her full potential
- Empower students with the ability to become independent readers
- Lay the foundation for a solid base of study skills and personal management tools
- Foster the development of positive self-esteem through academic and social skills
- Develop independent, well-education, and responsible citizens
The Lower School begins at 8 a.m. Kindergarten dismisses at 2:45 p.m. Grades One through Grade Three conclude at 3:00 p.m. Grade Four and Grade Five end at 3:15 p.m.
Small classes of 18 to 24, coupled with a dynamic faculty, ensure that each child will work toward fulfilling his or her individual goals.
Homework is an extension of class work and is assigned Monday through Thursday. It is designed to reinforce the basic skills taught at school and to encourage a sense of responsibility. Long-term projects are assigned to teach organization, long-term planning, and personal responsibility.
Formal assessments of students’ progress are made throughout the year. Written evaluations are presented three times during the year, and Parent Conferences are conducted in the Fall and Spring. Letter grades begin in Grade Three. Teachers are available in addition to these scheduled times for individual meetings throughout the year.