Elementary School

Our Academic Program:

Community School of Davidson has developed an educational program that reflects the tenets of  The Basic School, a comprehensive plan for elementary schooling, developed by Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, the former president of The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Learning. The most distinctive feature of the Basic School is its curriculum, which is organized around eight integrative themes called 'Core Commonalities.'  The core commonalities are:

1) The Life Cycle
2) The Use of Symbols
3) Membership in Groups
4) A Sense of Time and Space
5) Response to the Aesthetic
6) Connections to Nature
7) Producing and Consuming, and
8) Living with a Purpose.

These eight commonalities, based on shared human experiences, integrate traditional subjects and help students relate what they learn to life.

We are concerned with the total development of each student and believe that it is our responsibility to address the cognitive, social, emotional and physical development of all our students throughout each school day.  This holistic approach to educating our students is designed to help them develop into healthy and well-rounded individuals who enjoy life and learning.

The elementary school curriculum reflects our mission and belief that every child can and will succeed in ways that reflect his or her own aptitudes and interests. 

At CSD, while we certainly teach isolated skills, we strive to continuously give students meaningful and purposeful opportunities to use those newly learned skills.  All students at all grade levels are always participating in multi-disciplinary, integrated units of study that give the students an opportunity to participate in meaningful, purposeful and relevant studies.  Rather than memorizing isolated facts, students will ponder and reflect upon big ideas that truly matter in the larger picture of life.


Our Elementary School Structure:

At CSD, we have a shared community belief that all students are entitled to a school environment that supports their intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs.  In elementary school, the key aspects of this environment include:

  • Small class size
  • Individualized, differentiated instruction
  • Developmentally appropriate practices
  • Multi-disciplinary, integrated curriculum that is relevant, challenging, and exploratory
  • Active, hands-on learning and problem-based approach to hands-on learning
  • Two-year loop with same teacher develops deeper relationships with teacher and students  and enables  teachers to get to know students well, as learners, so they can successfully and appropriately challenge them in all academic areas.