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Elementary

The Elementary (Primary) school program is built to enrich your student academically and developmentally. Carolina Prep’s environment produces growth you will see in many core areas of his/her life.

Our core beliefs shape how we structure each day in Elementary school:

  • A professional staff of educators provides the best foundation for our program.
  • Parents are the most significant adults in a child’s life.
  • A nurturing culture builds self-esteem and a love of learning.
  • Our academic emphasis provides a solid foundation for future learning.
  • A safe and secure environment is essential.
primary students learning about the globe

In Their Words

  • “The teachers are as excited as the parents when the children reach certain goals and developmental milestones!  It is a great feeling to know that our son is learning, growing, and playing in such a safe, comforting and family oriented environment.”
  • “Every morning when we walk in my child’s classroom, he is excited to see his teachers and friends. When I leave him I know that he is being taken care of and loved.”
  • “The academic program is like no other in the area. I scrutinized all of the private schools and this one is THE BEST.”

Exceptional Faculty

When selecting our teachers, we consider prospective employees as whole individuals. What is his/her education and experience in the classroom? What are his or her core values and how does they model good ethics and healthy habits to children?

By the time our team makes a selection, we have invested hours in becoming acquainted with that person. Carolina Prep also provides training to new employees to excite and prepare them for their new roles.

Student–teacher Ratio

A low student teacher ratio benefits students by allowing them increased time for personalized interaction, attention, and communication. Our student–teacher ratio for grades 1st to 5th (including After School) is 15:1. In our kindergarten class, it is 12:1.

Each teacher contributes to curriculum customization according to their classroom’s needs. In addition, they keep up-to-date blogs for their classrooms:

Interactive Smart Boards and iPads aid students in learning and retaining valuable information.

elementary school student reading

Curriculum

Your student will be led through a blend of leading elementary/primary school curricula. We are committed to building foundations for advanced learning during this receptive phase. Your student will be encouraged to share his or her unique personal knowledge, enthusiasm, and interest to all curriculum topics.

  • Core Knowledge
  • Language Arts
  • History and Geography
  • Math
  • Science
  • Enrichments

Enrichment courses are taught five days per week and are an integral component in our curriculum program.

We love watching our students develop in a multitude of ways as they engage in these creative and active disciplines.

Art

Based on Core Knowledge and National Art Education Standards, our art program incorporates art history, creative expression, aesthetic awareness, and methods of critique.

  • Art History
    Students become acquainted with great artists and artistic periods. They then participate in projects that reflect the methodologies used by the artists.
  • Creative Expression
    Students are taught to use a variety of materials to realize their visions for various assignments.
  • Aesthetic Awareness
    Students learn the foundational elements of art and how to use them to achieve a desired result.
  • Critique
    Students learn to discuss a work of art. Artwork display is also covered.

Foreign Language

After researching the top foreign language programs nationwide and reviewing national standards and the common European framework, we developed our own Thematic Learning-based curriculum, which focuses on the development of listening and speaking skills and cultural awareness. Grammar is not ignored, but is learned through indirect instruction.

We follow the natural sequence of language learning:

understanding
speaking
reading
writing

At our students’ young ages, we emphasize understanding and speaking. Instructional techniques include physical activity, concrete experiences, visuals, and manipulatives. A typical lesson plan includes songs, rhymes, games, play-acting with puppets, and other activities that appeal to the students.

Music

Studies have shown that early musical training helps develop brain areas involved in language and reasoning. There is also a link between music and spatial intelligence—the ability to perceive the world accurately and form mental pictures.

Carolina Prep’s music education program is based on the following national music standards:

  • Teaches the value of sustained effort to achieve
  • Provides children with a means of self-expression
  • Fosters better communication and cooperation skills
  • Teaches young people to conquer fear and take risks

The Core Knowledge Sequence allows the students to learn about the history of music and to explore the different areas of music including music theory and composition, music history, and certainly creativity! The students learn about the basic elements of music: pitch, rhythm, form, melody, harmony, timbre, and dynamics.

Students share what they have learned by presenting a musical production each school year. This performance, along with multiple classes weekly, help students develop skills as well as a passion for music.

Physical Education

Students participate in varied physical activities five days a week. Our physical education program introduces children to traditional instruction in areas such as dance, gymnastics, soccer, floor hockey, and bowling. We also integrate contemporary physical activities like yoga, tinikling, and orienteering. Our instructor builds on benefits of daily activity with an appreciation for health and fitness that extends beyond childhood.

students playing in physical education class
  • Elementary (Primary) School
    8:30 am - 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.
  • Early Stay
    6:30 am - 8:30 am and included in tuition.
  • After School
    3:00 pm - 6:30 pm and available for elementary school students for an additional monthly fee.

Early Stay

Your student may arrive at Carolina Prep early to enjoy play and a nutritious breakfast.

After School

Your student may continue his/her learning and play adventures as late as 6:30pm. Our After School student–teacher ratio is identical to our low classroom ratio: 15:1.

After School teachers ensure that homework has been completed correctly, and review missed material with each child. Snacks are provided, and children have access to the Mobile Technology Center and the playground and/or gym, as well as theatre on Fridays.

Carolina Prep currently picks up from the following elementary schools: Buena Vista, Brushy Creek, Lake Forest, Mitchell Road, and Pelham Road. Carolina Prep will consider other elementary schools provided there is enough interest.

To sign your student up for After School, please download the registration form below and mail or deliver it to our office at 212 Roper Mountain Rd Ext, Greenville, SC 29615.

After School Extracurriculars

Carolina Prep conveniently brings many popular extracurricular programs on-site during After School hours, so that parents can simply take their children home in the evening, rather than drive to a myriad other activities. Click on any activity below for more information.

Greenville Academy of Martial Arts

Available to both our after school students and our Prepper and Pre-K children on Friday afternoons, Greenville Academy of Martial Arts teaches 30-minute Kung Fu classes each week.

For more information, visit www.GreenvilleAcademy.com.

Dance

Let’s Dance, a studio in Mauldin, offers three age-appropriate dance classes at Carolina Prep. Depending upon the age of the child, students can take ballet, tap, creative movement, or a combination.

For more information, visit www.letsdancesc.com.

Guitar Lessons

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ADVANCE

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Yoga

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Summer Camp

Summer is the time to explore. Join us for summer camp on weekdays, as early as 6:30 am to 6:30 pm.

Each week, our camp program has a theme, with activities and outings designed accordingly. A camper’s day also includes 30-40 minutes of reading and journal time, participating in technology activities, field trips, and indoor and outdoor games. Healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided.

Check out weekly themes from past years:

  • Dirt, Dinosaurs, and Diamonds
    Campers will spend a week as archeologists uncovering the lost species and rare gems of the earth. Who knows what campers will dig up next!
  • Passport Around the World
    Have your bags packed and passports ready because we are traveling around the world!
  • Planet Earth
    Reconnect with Nature’s Playground through a week of outdoor adventures, art, and animal watching!
  • Young Chefs
    Spend the week experimenting with food and developing your own recipes. Do you have what it takes to be America’s Next Young Chef?

Summer Camp 2017 brochure and registration forms can be found under our My Carolina Prep page!