The Music program at The Greene School invites students to explore their own creative expression while making connections to the rest of the world. Students learn to listen with a critical ear to the many components of a piece; including its form, instrumentation, timbre, mood, meaning, and intention. The curriculum focuses on the development of music literacy skills and puts those skills to use in both compositional and performance projects. Students are encouraged to be expressive in their performances and to use music as a means of communication.
Through the study of history, acoustics, world music, music technologies, and careers in music, students develop a strong understanding of the ways in which music weaves itself throughout all of our lives. Music allows students to feel connected to humanity while understanding the world in greater context. Studying music enhances the education of the whole child while providing the opportunity for higher order thinking, and engaging the whole brain.
Each student participates in the annual Music Concert performance.
Computer Science at The Greene School teaches students design, logical reasoning, coding, and problem-solving. Students gain exposure to various technologies in our Maker Space, including: 3D Printers, Robotic Systems, Mobile Application Development, Website Design, and Digital Fluency. Our Computer Science program empowers our students to compete in a global economy, having acquired digital fluency.
Students begin by building and programming simple robotic systems. As they become familiar with the basic concepts, they tinker with components like sensors, and increase the complexity of the programming concepts. Some students will even initiate their own projects, as their imaginations are primed by their increasing understanding of how their robots work and how they can control them. Students in fourth through sixth grade are eligible to participate in the First Lego League.
Life is about breath and balance.The Greene School Yoga program plays an important role in the overall development and learning potential of students while providing skills that support the learning taking place in other subjects.
Through participation in the Yoga curriculum, students learn techniques that promote strength, coordination, flexibility, and balance. An emphasis is placed on gratefulness and incorporating that quality into everyday life. Breathing, relaxation, and meditation skills also build focus while promoting self-control, self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall body awareness.
The Greene School Art program equips students with the ability to reach outside their comfort zone and become successful beyond the realm of art. Having the confidence to take risks in the art room translates to confidence in ideas and risk-taking in other subject areas. Students carry that persistence and feeling of accomplishment to other subject areas. In art class, the students focus on engaging in creative habits while using new media and art techniques.
All students have the opportunity to share their work at the annual Art Showcase.
Hands-on, project-based learning is the essence of The Greene School Engineering program, with an emphasis on making S.T.E.A.M. connections across disciplines. The engineering curriculum promotes students’ application of existing knowledge in mathematics and science - as a result, their overall learning is enhanced. Engineering projects are derived from real-world technologies and problems, allowing students to discover the relevance of math and science in their daily lives. The program builds on students' natural problem-solving skills to promote critical thinking via tinkering in our Maker Space. Students gain exposure to robotic systems, various engineering methodologies, and the metrics contributing to the success and failure of projects. Real-world problems and applications are discussed. Finally, students have the ability to design and rapid prototype their projects via use of the 3D printers.
Life is about learning to live in and experience the moment. The Greene School Mindfulness program plays an important role in the overall development and learning potential of students while providing skills that support the learning taking place in other subjects.
The mindfulness course teaches students to be present and in the moment while focusing on the task at hand. The course is also designed to help students develop a deeper sense of self-awareness and empathy, while learning to balance emotions, control impulses, and integrate heart with mind.
Fitness and Physical Education
The fundamental goal of the Fitness and Physical Education program is for students to find a lifelong passion for physical activity. The students practice sportsmanship by displaying appropriate, polite, and fair behavior while participating in games or athletic events. Performance or skill-related fitness focuses on improving agility, balance, flexibility, speed, coordination, power, and reaction time. Proper nutrition encourages children’s optimal growth and development. Involving students in a curriculum that incorporates competition, sportsmanship, sports rules, regulations, and nutrition empowers them to be fit for life.
At The Greene School, the goal of the Foreign Language program is to graduate students who are prepared to excel in a global community and are truly at ease beyond their borders. We understand that language acquisition is integral to achieving that goal. Beginning in Early Childhood, students have Spanish class five days-a-week; much more time dedicated to learning a second language than in most elementary school programs. By the time students reach the upper school, they are able to incorporate reading and writing skills into their language acquisition and build upon what they have already learned.
The Greene School Dance program provides a kinesthetically-enriched and interdisciplinary curriculum that strengthens the entire educational experience for all students. Dance plays an integral role in the development of a well-rounded student, while also enhancing the learning in other subject areas. Participation in the dance program aids in teaching important life skills while instilling an appreciation for the arts.
Each student participates in the annual Dance Concert performance.