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Curriculum Approach

We believe that children learn best in an environment where they feel safe and accepted and where learning is fun.

We accomplish this by:

Student culture is enthusiastically supported at a school-wide level. All students have the same school-wide expectations of being ready, responsible and safe. Students are encouraged to accept each other’s differences and are explicitly taught that “everyone is working on something” at Gillen Brewer. Individual classes organize fundraising drives for charity and engage all students in these efforts. The staff encourages students to become more engaged with their peers during community lunches and during the end of the day activities that cross classroom boundaries.The school uses the term “community of learners” to define and reflect the culture of the school. In every aspect of the program, from staff development to parent training, the Gillen Brewer community is in a state of reflection and learning, putting what we have learned into practice. Through reflection and action, the school is able to individualize the program to meet the needs of each child and family.

Preschool Curriculum

Gillen Brewer approaches preschool education through active learning based on the High/Scope model and New York State Common Core Standards. Teachers provide a rich language-based curriculum that enables children to engage in "hands-on" learning that is developmentally appropriate and socially engaging. Therefore, we value play and real life experiences as essential to learning.

School-Age Curriculum

The Gillen Brewer School-Age Program's curriculum follows the New York State Common Core Standards while adhering to an individualized learning program that meets the educational needs of each student. Teachers strive to integrate all content areas to make learning more meaningful. Field trips and child initiated projects are an integral part of this approach.

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