NYS Accredited Pre-K through 6th Grade
Spark Elementary is founded on the neuroscientific principle of integrating creative arts and social emotional learning within every aspect of the academic curriculum. The Spark approach to what we call Aesthetic Learning engages the child to shape a personal and meaningful vision that empowers a process of self and world discovery. The Spark! curriculum is designed to expand the children's conceptions of what it means to be a creative thinker and to inspire them through their schoolwork to become conscious, curious and compassionate participants
in their life, community and world.
SPARK! STANDARDS :
Small Class Sizes
Spark! Literacy Program | Individualized Reading Plans
Spark! Math Studies | Guided Math Adventures
Science Lab | Outdoor Nature Classroom
Social Studies Program | Interactive Drama Instruction
Personal Development Homework
Empathy & Ethics Training | Civics & Debate Club
Mindfulness Training | Daily Creative Immersions
We do not participate in New York State standardized testing, but we
regularly observe and assess every child's academic, social and emotional progress.
Our whole child, multi-sensory approach to the academic curriculum utilizes the creative arts as a vehicle for inspiring personal and meaningful connections to reading, writing, mathematics, science, social studies, wellness, and physical education. We always meet and often surpass New York State and Common Core standards. Integrated into the curriculum are the skills of social emotional intelligence, mindfulness practices, physical activities that enhance learning, and healthy nutrition. Grounded in the Psychology of Possibilities, every interaction is meant to show children that they are capable of far more than they realize. Spark! Curriculum travels beyond the "norm" and creates the exceptional.
Spark! Literacy Curriculum
Empowering. Joyful. Incomparable.
Spark students love to read because we love teaching them to read. We understand the importance of strong literacy skills for future success. Therefore, each Spark student has their own individualized reading program. Students participate in one-on-one reading sessions every day to ensure fluency, comprehension and genuine interest. Wilson Certified, Orton Gillingham and Lindamood-Bell trained Reading Specialists intervene at the first signs of reading challenges. No child falls through the cracks at Spark.
Dream. Challenge. Succeed.
What sparks your child's interest? Here, at Spark Elementary we explore fields of knowledge outside of the standard Common Core curriculum. Three afternoons a week each grade spends the last hour of the school day immersed in their Spark for Social Change. Sparks include Drama & Imagination, Real World and Out of this World Math, Arts and Broadcasting, Engineering, Spanish Immersion, and Creative Writing & Publishing.
On Your Mark...Get Set...Go!
As a facet of our ArtSpeaks curriculum, our original creative arts program is designed to expand the children's conception of what it means to be an artist. In specialized art, yoga, dance, drama, music, and movement workshops children follow the creative process of observation, documentation, reflection and exhibition. Our students come to appreciate the work of leaders in the field and they develop the skills of responding to works of art based on an eye that not only sees but also listens. They are provided with the space and the materials to experience the practice of creative flow.
Engaging. Insightful. Profound.
Social Studies Program
Drama therapy provides an active, experimental approach to facilitating growth and development. When applied in a classroom setting, drama engages a multi-sensory learning experience. Through a range of dramatic techniques that includes historical story-making, character development, purposeful improvisation and thematic enactment, students are taught to master concepts and materials of the social studies curriculum in a manner that stimulates intellectual curiosity, empowers individuality, and promotes social emotional learning.