The reading program builds enthusiasm for literature in a variety of forms. Through the integration of reading, writing, listening, and speaking students engage in text study with an emphasis on reading comprehension. Students think, discuss, and write about what they are reading using small group, whole class, and independent reading strategies. In the lower grades, students learn to read in flexible ability groups focused on fluency, decoding, word study, and comprehension. In the upper grades, students transition to reading to learn, and build explicit and inferential comprehension, develop research skills, and expand their higher level vocabulary. Students learn to experience the joy of reading through a combination of novels, short stories, poetry, non-fiction text, and online materials.
The writing program creates students who understand and embrace the writing process and gain an appreciation for the written word. Students learn to write in different genres with a focus on organization, supporting details, sentence structure, voice, word choice, and mechanics. The School-wide writing program engages students in a comprehensive process that includes pre-writing, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Opportunities for students to practice writing skills occur in every discipline.