Academics
Lower School | Grades Pre-K—6
Curriculum

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Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade


Our Early Elementary Program prepares and inspires children to love learning for its own sake. Through exploration, play, teacher-directed and child-driven experiences, students are introduced to a variety of experiences that cultivate the intellectual and emotional facets of each child.
  • Language Arts

    Students are introduced to Sierra Canyon’s like-learner teaching model, designed to address each child’s developing learning needs.  Like-learner groups allow teachers to meet individual literacy needs in reading, writing, listening, speaking, spelling, and vocabulary at an appropriate pace that is both stimulating and challenging for each stage of development.  
     
    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will learn to:
     
    • Recognize, identify, and write letters
    • Connect sounds (phonemes) to words
    • Blend sounds to read words
    • Apply grade-level phonics and word analysis in decoding words
    • Identify sight words
    • Decipher and create simple sentences
    • Develop comprehension skills to ensure understanding
    • Appreciate and read several genres of literature
    • Describe the overall structure, characters, and events in a story or text
    • Participate in collaborative discussions about grade-level topics and texts
  • Mathematics

    Students are introduced to the standards identified by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, focusing on mathematical reasoning skills, concrete number sense, and the ability to communicate about mathematical problem solving strategies. Through constructive and manipulative based play, hands-on learning experiences, problem solving tasks, games, and interactive lessons, students develop the foundation of number sense and its place in the world.

    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will learn to:
    • Recognize and write numbers
    • Sort and classify objects and geometric figures
    • Write numbers and develop a strong understanding of place value
    • Organize data and create graphs
    • Identify and complete patterns
    • Master addition and subtraction facts to automaticity
    • Understand real world applications of time and money 
  • Science

    Students participate in units study, designed to foster a sense of wonder, curiosity, and discovery. With the help of experiential learning, students explore the world and how it works.
    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will learn about:
    • Nature, seasons, and weather
    • Conservation and gardening
    • Animals, habitats, and the life cycle
    • Three states of matter
    • Plants and vegetation
    • Scientific method
    • Gravity and magnets
    • Sounds, force, and motion
    • Dinosaurs
    • Rocks and minerals
  • Social Studies

    Students learn about the world in which they live and their relative place in it. Students are encouraged to recognize similarities and differences that exist between themselves and others.

    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will learn about:
    • Holidays, customs, and traditions
    • School wide thematic studies:  Olympics and United States of America
    • Cardinal directions and maps
    • Transportation
    • Producers and consumers
  • Specialists

    As an important part of the core curriculum, students participate in classes taught by expert teachers.

    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will participate in: 
    • Art
    • Library
    • Music
    • Physical Education
    • Spanish
    • Technology
  • Character Education

    Every moment at school, whether in the classroom, at lunch, on the playground, or at any of our myriad enrichment activities, provides the chance for character education. The guiding principles of this instruction are The Big Four – Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Kindness. These cornerstones of character provide the foundation for supporting our children’s growth throughout their young years at Sierra Canyon. Because there is always a chance to strengthen character and reinforce The Big Four, all of our faculty are trained in Responsive Classroom, a framework that helps foster and model the best of Sierra Canyon character. Through common practice and language, The Big Four radiate their influence throughout the school day accentuating the exuberance that comes with possessing strong character.

    From their earliest years, Sierra Canyon students are immersed in an environment that emphasizes and values character development, ever-committed to growing young minds and hearts. Classroom lessons, discussions, and assemblies contextualize for the youngest learners what it means to be a person of good character. The primary grades are marked by limitless imagination and joy. During this time, we channel our children’s positivity, identifying how they act and communicate with The Big Four as our guiding principles. Students at this stage of development profoundly benefit from an unflinching sense of purpose and optimism; it is the goal of the character education program to provide opportunities for them to thrive within this context.
  • Study Tours/Field Trips

    Study tours provide students with hands-on opportunities and real-life experiences, designed to bring learning to life.

    During this developmental stage, Sierra Canyon students will travel to:
    • Underwood Family Farm
    • Discovery Cube
    • Thousand Oaks Civic Center
    • The Los Angeles Zoo
    • California Science Center
    • Natural History Museum
    • MTA Bus Yard
    • Van Nuys Airport
    • Glendale Centre Theatre
    • Malibu Lagoon
    • J. Paul Getty Museum
    • Aquarium of the Pacific

Faculty

Lower School: 11052 Independence Avenue
Middle and Upper School: 20801 Rinaldi Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311  | 818.882.8121
Sierra Canyon School is a private, independent, non-sectarian, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 located in Chatsworth, California. The highly cosmopolitan campus community is reflective of the Greater Los Angeles area and the world at large. Students are empowered to realize their greatest creative, ethical, intellectual and physical promise through small class sizes, a diverse student-teacher culture and a family-like environment.