Subject Areas

Subject AreasVideo Viewing Policy

English Literature and Composition
Comprehensive studies of select fiction and non-fiction classics, poetry, and writing in all grades are followed by Speech and Survey of British Literature in 9th grade.

Instruction of Composition Policy

Reading and Literacy Policy

Primary Grades (K-1) Reading List

2nd Grade Reading List

3rd-4th Grade Reading List

5th-6th Grade Reading List

Upper School Reading List

Making the Grade in Math
We build on Singapore Math with dedicated courses in Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra 2, giving students the solid foundation they need for high school.

Mathematics Policy

Science for the 21st Century
The Core Knowledge curriculum is followed in grades K-8. Special features for 7th grade: Chemistry, Genetics, and Evolution; 8th grade: Physics.

History and Economics
The Core Knowledge curriculum is followed in grades K-8. World and American History in 7th and 8th grades, plus 9th grade Economics, unique in PSD! This course provides an understanding of economic systems, money and banking, and the essential elements of micro- and macroeconomics.

Foreign Languages
The acquisition and appreciation of other languages is essential to the understanding of one’s own language and the world. Latin vocabulary, the root of all Romance languages, is taught throughout the grades with a dedicated course in 7th grade. Electives: Latin, Spanish.

Fine Arts
The Core Knowledge curriculum provides students with a solid background in art and music history, theory, and appreciation. Upper school Students may also choose from a wide range of electives including Band, Orchestra, Choir, as well as Drawing, Painting, Drafting, Ceramics, Pen & Ink, Photography, Technical Drawing and Woodshop.

Physical Education
Healthy minds and healthy bodies work together. Physical Education for grades K-9 along with offering 9th grade Health classes to complete the Upper School program.

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