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From first through third grades, students progress through challenging and engaging courses that offer avenues for growth and discovery. Our hands-on, integrated program ensures that students make connections among the disciplines to acquire a multidimensional understanding of the world.
Language arts, mathematics, science and social studies are built into the daily schedule, alongside classes in Physical Education, Spanish, Music, Art, Research Lab, STEAM Lab, Social and Emotional Learning, and Coding. Instrumental Music becomes an option for third grade students as well. Each day, students learn through hands-on experiences combined with a framework in research-based programs.

List of 10 items.

  • Language Arts

    The first through third grade literacy program supports students  as they transition from 'learning to read' to 'reading to learn.'  Experience focusses on Phonics, fluency work, comprehension, vocabulary development, grammar, and spelling.  

    While instruction is focused on skills, a primary goal is to help each student develop a love of literacy, become a story teller, and hone critical thinking skills.

    Writing goes hand in hand with these language skills, as students gain both an interest and passion for writing. Through individualized instruction provided within each classroom students learn to create pieces based in the genres of opinion, information, and narrative text. 
  • Math

    Stemming from the foundation provided in our Early Childhood program, students continue building their math skills through the use of the a Singapore Math-based approach. The approach focuses on acquiring skills through a concrete to pictorial to abstract model. Students also develop fact fluency and problem solving skills.
  • Social Studies and Science

    Science and social studies units are standards-based, covering high-interest topics and explorations to develop a global mindset. This curriculum is rich in social studies units spanning the globe and science units beginning at the microscopic level and branching into the study of the universe.
  • Technology

    As the world of STEAM expands, so has the importance of incorporating coding experiences into the curriculum so that students become fluent in coding from a young age.
  • Spanish

    Students are immersed in the Spanish language and culture through movement, songs, and real-life connections. 
  • Arts

    In addition to regularly scheduled fine arts and music classes each week, students may begin taking instrumental music as an option in third grade.  Opportunities for students to engage in performance and public speaking create confident, well-rounded learners. Instrumental and vocal concerts round out the yearly music performances.
  • Research Lab

    In Research Lab, students learn how to gain, process, and evaluate information as savvy media consumers.  Research enhances the classroom experiences by allowing students to delve further into books and online sources for deeper learning. Of course, students enjoy reading for pleasure and look forward to checking out books to enjoy at home.
  • STEAM Lab

    Our math program blends with our science program in the STEAM Lab, where students can further explore the connections and applications between science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    First through third grade students continue to build their skills in self awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills, and social awareness through dedicated lessons in Social and Emotional Learning, based on the CASEL framework. 
  • Physical Education

    Movement and exercise are an important part of the school day.  Physical Education classes develop fitness and skills and focus on life-long health and wellness.

Sample Project

The coral reef came to life for Indian Creek's first grade class, as they completed an interdisciplinary unit that included reading informational text, writing informative text, and studying coral reefs. Students used online resources to research an animal that lives in the coral reef. They used text, drawings, and audio to create online Padlets displaying what they learned. Finally, they used materials from the Innovation Lab to create life-size 3-D representations of the coral reef with all their animals. The results were a sight to behold!
Indian Creek school is a co-educational, college preparatory independent school, located in Crownsville, Maryland.  Students in Pre-K3 through grade 12 receive a vibrant educational experience based on excellent academics steeped in strong student-teacher connections.