A pre-k through eighth grade coed day school
Challenging our students to cultivate a better world 
Academics

Elementary School

Elementary School is the ideal environment for children to develop a lifelong love of learning.  Children’s innate sense of curiosity is the starting point and to that foundation we add freedom of choice, an exciting curriculum, and a warm and intimate environment where students are known.  Our students learn how to learn and that enables them to challenge themselves.

Faculty Directory

Dynamic Curriculum
At Newtown Friends, students are both thinkers and doers.  Our research-based curriculum and experienced teachers ensure each child gains a deep understanding of academic material.  In-school projects, collaborations, experiments, presentations, independent work and deep dives into content areas are all part of a curriculum designed to:

  • spark engagement
  • encourage critical thinking and problem solving
  • prepare the student for greater challenge

Attention is paid to both the core principles of each subject area as well as the connections between disciplines.  Students engage in interdisciplinary work regularly, applying what they have learned in new and creative ways.  Whether it is writing and directing a movie about a historical figure, building a rocket ship while studying space, or creating a Greek festival for the community to enjoy, students are stretched to incorporate what they have studied and make it personally meaningful.

Grade-level (homeroom) teachers are responsible for:

  • language arts (reading and writing)
  • social studies
  • mathematics instruction
Children work with specialist teachers on a weekly basis in:

  • science
  • art
  • music
  • library
  • Spanish
  • Latin (starting in fifth)
  • physical education 
A low student-to-teacher ratio ensures that children’s learning styles, personal interests, and academic strengths and weaknesses are known.

Social and Emotional Wellness
While excellent academics are key to student growth, social and emotional health are also necessary to help children thrive.  Creating a safe and welcoming community and developing one’s individual voice is an important part of our social/emotional curriculum.

NFS uses Responsive Classroom throughout the school community.  In our classrooms you will find:

  • teachers modeling positive words and productive routines
  • teachers redirecting misbehavior clearly and proactively  
  • adults and children formulating Hope and Dreams for the year
Visitors to our school often comment that these practices are evident upon entry.

Curricular News
Parents are kept informed of ongoing curriculum through a variety of methods including monthly updates.  Each month, parents receive an email from the school providing curriculum news for their child's class.  Click here to review the monthly updates for the current school year.