Music lessons foster teamwork, development of a growth mindset, development of self-confidence and a lifelong love and appreciation of music.
The study of music enhances coordination, concentration, and memory. Our students start their music education with singing in Kindergarten, which continues through the grades and develops into singing in rounds and eventually singing in multi-part harmony. We teach pentatonic flute in grades one and two and soprano recorder in grades three and four. Recorder ensemble playing begins in grade five and continues through grade eight. We teach violin in grades four and five, which is then expanded into a string orchestra (violin, viola, and cello) in our Middle School. Students in grades four through eight participate in two formal string music concerts each year. Click here to learn more about why and how we teach music. Watch this relevant interview to learn more about the importance of music education.
Visual and Performing Arts
According to a study conducted by Stanford University, children who participate in school arts programs are more likely to achieve academic success. Painting, poetry, song, and drama are used daily by teachers at NCS to engage students. Students create their own Main Lesson Books with perspective drawings, artwork, and concepts learned, making the material more personal and relevant. For a deeper look into our Performing Arts Program, click here.
Beginning in Kindergarten and through Fifth Grade, handwork is introduced through practical projects that meet the student at their developmental age. Throughout their years they will learn to sew, knit, cross stitch, and crochet. As the student advances in the grades, their textile work becomes more advanced, allowing students to develop creativity and fine-tune their skills. They learn about the origins and essence of natural materials, and the process by which things are made. Read more about our Handwork Program.
Educating children to become “Citizens of the World” with a multicultural perspective demands instruction in – at least – a second language. Introduction to the Spanish language at NCS begins in First Grade and continues through the Eight Grade. Read more on our Second Language Program and Multiculturalism, and Alumni Testimonials on how well the school prepared them for Spanish in high school.
Movement and Physical Education
The overall physical health of our student body is addressed by means of a regular exercise program (led by our movement specialists) and our organic garden. Cooperation versus competition is emphasized in these activities. In the higher grades, an integrated History/Social Studies curriculum trains and prepares students for the annual multi-school Pentathlon and Medieval Games, which include discus and javelin throwing and archery.
Depending on funding, several elective classes are offered to Middle School students based on their preferences and expressed passions. Examples include: Digital Arts, Mural Painting, Woodworking, Ceramics, Yoga, Creative Writing, Journalism, Choir, Cooking, Team Sports and Handwork.