Marymount's Elementary School program for Kindergarten and Grades 1-5 combines core content areas, such as literacy, math, science, and social studies, with enrichment subjects like music, computer, art, library, religion, physical education, and information technology classes. In this way, the program provides our students with a well-balanced, developmentally appropriate set of experiences that promote creative thinking, support curiosity about learning, and develop global awareness.
Kindergarten is housed in the Elementary School Building and the academic program follows the Early Childhood Program with the addition of classes in Religion and Technology. Kindergarten students have access to the Elementary School's Library, Music Room and Computer Lab as well as their own Kindergarten Playground.
The language of instruction is English for all classes apart from those associated with our Italian language program. Students experience the beauty and historical significance of Rome and Italy through field trips and cultural studies at each grade level. They also celebrate the cultural diversity represented by our students and teachers during monthly assemblies and a bi-annual International Project in which children “travel” around the world to learn about different cultures and customs.
Teaching is based on the best practices found around the world and encourages inquiry and critical thinking. Teachers carefully assess each child's development on an ongoing basis and provide an instructional program that equips children with the skills, concepts, and tools needed for continued learning. A low teacher-student ratio helps to support learning, as do our collaborative (English Language Learning) ELL and Learning Support programs.
Through the use of a positive response philosophy, teachers help to foster in all students the social skills of cooperation, assertion, responsibility, empathy, and self-control.
Field Trips are also an integral part of the curriculum.
In the Elementary School students take Italian as a Second Language (Grades 1- 5). The foreign language department enhances cultural exchange and promotes better understanding of Italian culture through the study of a second language. It is dedicated to the individual development of each student in the pursuit of fluency in the language. The main objective of the department is to teach students to express themselves with clarity, orally and in writing in the target language and to foster an appreciation for the diversity of cultures and their contributions.
Students also have the opportunity to take Italian as a First Language in order to prepare for the Idoneità alla Prima Media exam. This is a five-year course (Grades 1- 5) designed to prepare students for the Italian Idoneità alla Prima Media exam, the elementary school certification required to enter Italian middle school. Students will be exposed to different literary genres. The emphasis will be placed on improving oral and writing abilities. The course is designed for students whose native language is Italian and they should be able to take external exams at the end of each year. Students will study Italian (spelling and grammar) according to the ministerial curriculum for each year. The lessons for 4th and 5th Grade students in Italian Mathematics and Science are built into the after-school program.