The Greene School art program equips students with the ability to reach outside their comfort zones 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.
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.
Drama & Performing Arts
The Greene School drama program provides students the opportunity to express themselves through a variety of theatrical lenses. The actor’s toolbox (body, voice, and imagination) is explored through storytelling, movement, scene study, and more! Skills in drama provide empathy, spatial reasoning, ease in public presentation, and self-confidence. The performing arts offers students an opportunity for self-exploration and team building, as each grade forms a unified ensemble.
An audition based musical theater after-school program is offered to students in third through seventh grade. The after-school program culminates in a full scale production.
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 provides skills for students to succeed in their future endeavors in an increasingly complex world.
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.
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, and 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. Students have the ability to design and rapid prototype their projects via use of the 3D printers. Real-world problems and applications are addressed.
Fitness and Physical Education
The fitness and physical education curriculum is designed to provide an environment that challenges all students to work to their highest potential. Students are given the opportunity to learn skills without intimidation, and to experience the joy and exhilaration of physical activity. This philosophy drives our program and it is our hope that all students learn to enjoy movement and value healthy living.
Our program offers a mix of student-centered, fun-filled, challenging activities. These activities include fitness exercises, small-sided team games, social and physical skills, as well as knowledge development. We address the whole student and strive to empower students to take responsibility for their own fitness, while creating an environment where they experience maximum success.
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.
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.
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 it into everyday life. Breathing, relaxation, and meditation skills also build focus while promoting self-control, self-esteem, self-confidence, and overall body awareness.