Why Age 3–Grade 3?
"An Investment for a Lifetime: The Research & Reasoning Behind Concord Hill School's Age 3-to-Grade 3 Model" by Nate Dennison, Head of School
We Are Dedicated to the Early Childhood Years
Our focus on Preschool through Grade 3 allows us to work with children beginning from an early age to develop positive attitudes toward learning that remain with them for life. Socially, our children learn to work and play independently and in groups, and to be respectful of everyone. Academically, they develop basic learning skills, learn to take intellectual risks, solve problems, and expand their creativity in an environment tailored to the youngest learners.
We Are Small By Design
We intentionally keep the number of students at Concord Hill at no more than 100 and maintain an average student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1. This individual attention allows our teachers and staff to truly get to know and appreciate each individual child and to guide them according to their specific needs.
Every Child Is an Important Member of Our Community
Our Head of School, teachers, and staff take an interest in getting to know each and every child. This warm and caring environment offers children a safe, small, happy atmosphere in which they are comfortable learning and growing.
We Believe in the Power of Play
Play is not only fun, it also an integral part of how young children learn. Through play, our students learn conflict resolution, respect, creativity, independence, and self-confidence. Play also encourages children to actively engage in their surroundings and to become mini "scientists" by exploring, manipulating, and interacting with their environment. Play allows children to investigate, create, and discover, and motivates them to take risks, adding to their understanding of the world around them.
Our Classroom & School Charters Inspire Children to
Become Responsible Citizens
Designed to build a positive climate in the school, our Classroom & School Charters are created by the children and teachers of each class based on how they, themselves want to feel and how they want to be treated. The process of creating the Charters is part of the Emotional Intelligence Curriculum we embrace at CHS.
Our Third Grade Students Gain Confidence as
the "Big Kids" In School
Daily leadership responsibilities empower our Third Grade students to be actively engaged in our community. Through public speaking, leading our Preprimary and Primary students to their classrooms each morning, reading to younger peers, along with other tasks throughout the school, students feel a sense of belonging and understand their contributions to their environment. Not only do these jobs reflect responsibilities and privileges within the school, but they also prepare children for the next step beyond the Concord Hill community.
We Support Fourth Grade Placement for
Each Individual Student
As a child enters Third Grade, our Head of School is positioned to confidently recommend a short list of schools that best fits each child's needs. By this time, a child's learning style and academic strengths are well understood, making it clear where a student will excel during the middle school years. Our Head of School works closely with parents to ensure a child is placed in the most appropriate environment.
Proven Academic Success
Concord Hill students are sought after by area schools because they are kind, well-prepared, and intellectually curious. They meet the challenges of middle school and beyond with confidence and compassion.