Primary

Our primary school includes preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1 and 2, and is located at 133 Hancock Street in Dorchester.

Conservatory Lab provides a unique learning experience that includes daily El Sistema music instruction for all students. In our primary school, our youngest scholars participate in daily vocal and rhythmic instruction, before moving to a stringed instrument in grade one. 

As an EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), all students participate in one or two expeditions each year. These interdisciplinary units, typically lasting 8-12 weeks, are grounded in social studies or science content, while building literacy skills and integrating the arts. Students participate in research, field work, collaboration with experts in field, and service learning. During their learning expeditions, students develop an authentic product, modeled after artifacts from the real world.

In addition, we use the following curriculum tools to plan enriching units to support student learning across the subject areas in our primary grades:

English-Language Arts (ELA): EL Education ELA Modules

Math: Eureka Math

Science: Project Lead the Way, FOSS

Students focus on building foundational math and literacy skills. Center-based classrooms allow students to build independence while internalizing academic skills and content. Teachers work with students in small groups to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs.

All students are challenged to develop their Habits of Work and Learning to support their learning in academics and the arts.

Please review your child’s grade level expectations here.