Learning takes place in many different configurations: single grade, multi-grade, cross-grade collaboration, and departmentalized. Not all of these options are available at each grade level every year.
Single grade class: A self-contained class or team-teaching environment, usually covering an age span of 15 to 18 months. Grades two, three and four are self-contained. Students generally remain with the same teacher and group of students for one school year.
Multi-grade class: A self-contained or team-teaching environment covering an age span of about 24 to 30 months. Kindergarten and first grade is a multi-grade class. Students generally remain with the same teacher for two years; about half of the students will be new each year as older students exit the program to the next grade and younger students enter at the beginning of each school year.
Collaborative Teams: Two or more neighboring single-grade classes at the same grade level work collaboratively to develop and implement several interdisciplinary units and to provide complementary instructional activities. Students move between the two teachers for language arts, math, social studies, and science.
Cross-grade Teams: Two multi-age classes may work together as a collaborative team. Neighboring self-contained single grade classes at different grade levels may work together on selected units or learning activities. In some instances, students may move as a group from one class to the partner class for the next school year.
Shared Classroom: A classroom shared by two teachers. Both teachers will be involved in the teaching of all academic areas. Generally, each will teach the equivalent of 2 ½ days a week. On Wednesdays there will be some overlap time in the afternoon to coordinate, review, plan, and team teach.