Early Childhood Education (ECE):
Children who are three or four years old before October 1 each year may apply for our ECE program. We have half day programs (a.m./p.m.) for three year old children and full day programs for our four year old children. This helps to ensure an excellent transition from home or group care into the school environment. There is a small student – teacher ratio with a strong focus on oral language development in the student’s primary language. Literacy through stories and experiences is an important part of the curriculum and math activities that are interactive and “hands-on” teach very beginning skills. Social interactions and structured play help students learn to become friends and help one another.
We have two full day kindergarten programs. Kindergarten teachers focus on oral language, phonics instruction and beginning reading skills, writing practice – through illustrations and words, and build math conceptual understanding by implementing Bridges into Mathematics curriculum. Students receive instruction in their primary language and special services are provided as required (Special Education, Speech, OT/PT.) Content is taught throughout the day and students also participate in art, music, physical education and library/technology classes each week.
Students receive three hours of literacy instruction and practice daily. Time is divided into direct instruction, small group and individual conferences, independent reading and writing, and sharing among group members. Students read and write in a variety of genres and for authentic purposes.
Library Media Center:
Our library has been recently upgraded to include areas for students to personalize their reading experience thanks to a grant from the Imaginarium.
Columbian uses Bridges Into Mathematics an inquiry based Math program that focus on conceptual learning of the Common Core State Standards.
Students in Kindergarten – 5th grades have one to one technology available to them. This comes in the form of either an ipad or Chromebook depending on grade and use. All students have access to online resources to practice Literacy and Mathematics that they can access from school or home. (See Resource Section)
Columbian is Small TNLI School (Transitional Native Language Instruction) school. In addition to a highly qualified classroom teacher, English Learners receive additional services from the schools Spanish Literacy and English language development Teachers.