VISITING THE CLASSROOMS
What Courses of Study are provided for our children?
In the kindergarten, the children are invested with a readiness to profit from first grade work. Careful attention is given each child's mental, physical, social, and emotional adjustment. The kindergarten program develops a child's ability to work steadily until an activity is finished; to keep to a particular subject or topic under discussion; to note details; to follow directions; to take part in group activities; and exercise independence in thought and action. A minimum number of academic and muscular motor skills are emphasized, and thoughtful direction is given to a child's health and posture habits. Stress is also given to the development of cooperation, courtesy, promptness, obedience, and emotional stability.
The Primary Grades
In these grades, one, two and three, the children are learning to read. Here they are introduced to the mechanics of reading, writing, and, arithmetic. These skills are drilled and strengthened by use in connection with their everyday living. The children study and explore their own community; they read about and discuss the life of children of other times, and in other lands, in order that they may grow in understanding of the world in which they live. There is classroom instruction in habits of healthful living, safety and traffic, at home and at play. Physical education makes its contribution to develop and maintain healthy bodies, by participating in games and sports. The children have instruction in music and art. Many classroom opportunities are provided for them to assume responsibility in planning and working together in order that they may grow in self-direction.
The Intermediate Grades
In grades four, five and six the children are reading to learn. Here the skills and facts of the three R's are again drilled and associated with life situations of the school, home, and community. Reading is used as a means of getting information and opening new avenues of interest and enjoyment. Arithmetic is used in applying the four operations to the task of solving problems. Social science, nature study, English, music, art, and literature are utilized to help the children grow in understanding and appreciation in the way of enriched living. The radio and moving picture become a very definite part of the child's environment and augment the material of the textbooks. Safety and health instruction continue through these grades, as does physical education, which helps to maintain healthy bodies through games, sports, and exercises.
The Junior High School
In these grades, seven, eight and nine, the children enter upon a period of exploration through a variety of broadness and finding courses, subjects, and activities which serve to inventory the children's interests, aptitudes, and capacities. Here opportunities are offered for the children to continue study started in the elementary grades, where many activities especially interesting and valuable to them may be carried on. In these grades we find excellent opportunities offered for educational and vocational guidance. In the ninth grade particularly, there is a wide selection of subject matter. In this grade the children, parents, and guidance teachers frequently confer on the selection of a program for the pursuit of a four-year classical college preparatory, a scientific college preparatory, or a commercial course. Students not able to satisfy their needs in these courses may elect those subjects in which they are most interested, or for which they have a particular need. A course of this kind is called the General Course. All seventh and eighth grade students are required to take English, mathematics, social studies, science, physical education, hygiene, art, music, foods and clothing (girls), industrial art (boys), oral English (7th grade), and library (8th grade). In addition to these required subjects, seventh and eighth grade students who have maintained satisfactory standards of achievement may elect one of the following subjects which are exploratory in nature: elementary French or German, instrumental music (band or orchestra) and exploratory Latin and business. Children of junior high school age like to belong to groups. To utilize this urge, the junior High School fosters club organizations which provide opportunities for them to pursue special interest, and to develop special talents and abilities to a greater extent than is pursued in the regular classroom.
The Senior High School
In these grades, 10, 11 and 12, the students are pursuing a definite program along a classical, scientific, commercial, or general course. Students definitely preparing for colleges requiring college entrance board examinations are assigned to particular teachers, whose responsibility it is to prepare them for such entrance. All students study English during these years, because good habits of speaking and writing are necessary for each individual no matter how or where he lives. Those who choose to develop special interests and aptitudes elect courses in public speaking, dramatics, journalism, creative writing, creative art, commercial art, woodwork, auto mechanics, mechanical drawing, foods, clothing, aviation, vocal music, music theory, chorus, band, and orchestra. Because a knowledge of the history of our country and an understanding of how it's governed are necessary to good citizenship, each student during these years studies problems of American democracy, civics, and American history. All these courses are planned, not only to supply the student with facts, but to help him consider intelligently the social and economic problems governing us today. Students studying a foreign language not only study grammar and vocabulary, but also gain an appreciation of the culture of the peoples using their languages. General science, biology, physics and chemistry are taught as laboratory sciences. Less attention is given to the abstract aspects of these subjects and more attention is given to their application to everyday problems having to do with sanitation, the growing of things, the producing of goods, and the operating of machines. Although the traditional courses in algebra, geometry, and trigonometry are taught here, students are encouraged to apply their mathematical skills in solving real problems.
Typewriting is offered both to students who expect to work in offices and to those who wish these skills for personal use. A two-year course in stenography, typewriting, bookkeeping, junior business training, secretarial practice, office practice, office machine practice, business economic problems, and commercial law prepares students to go directly from high school into office positions.
In the school gymnasium and on the athletic fields the students are encouraged to develop an interest in sports which will carry over after they leave school and provide a healthful way of using leisure time.