Lower & Upper School (1–5)

At this age, our children are building the foundation of their education. Basic skills are introduced and practiced. Our students move toward mastery through the use of an integrated, hands-on curriculum. They are encouraged to develop inquisitive, creative minds and build confidence in their abilities. Students in 1st and 2nd grade are taught in self-contained classrooms and enjoy science and social studies as core subjects, along with mathematics and language arts.

Sweetwater Lower and Upper School

Curriculum Details

  • 1st Grade

  • 2nd Grade

  • 3rd Grade

  • 4th Grade

  • 5th Grade

1st Grade

1st Grade Course Details

1st Grade students build on their strong literary and numeracy skills.

STEAM

Students are inspired by extension activities in our STEAM Lab. Fully integrated with advanced technology, we offer a virtual-reality machine, 3-D printers and Z-space 3-D computers, a makerspace and more to make learning come alive.

Advanced Academics

Building from the results of our strong early-literacy and numeracy programs, our students are ready to be challenged in 1st and 2nd grades. Daily writing journals, mastery of advanced math skills, hands-on science experiments and the introduction of research and expository writing set them on a course of advanced academic excellence.

2nd Grade

2nd Grade Course Details

A variety of integrated activities which include field trips and performances are built into the program to promote learning enthusiasm.

STEAM

Students are inspired by extension activities in our STEAM Lab. Fully integrated with advanced technology, we offer a virtual-reality machine, 3-D printers and Z-space 3-D computers, a makerspace and more to make learning come alive.

Enrichment Classes

Students travel around our beautiful outdoor campus for their enrichment classes in Spanish, music, art, P.E., religion, as well as weekly time in the Library Media Center. Performances, presentations, creative expression and character development round out our students' educations.

3rd Grade

3rd Grade Course Details

Our students learn to become organized, independent and develop strong time management skills.

Independence

3rd grade is an important transition year. Students are learning independent problem-solving and executive skills that are vital for future success. They begin to learn time management and organization as core subjects are taught by a team of two teachers with students rotating for math/science and reading/social studies.

Advanced Academics

Continuing to build on the foundation of skills established in 1st and 2nd grades, our 3rd-grade curriculum challenges our students to grow. In addition to their core classes, collaboration and creative problem solving, as well as reflective learning, are all special focuses that prepare them for upper school.

P.E. and Recess

3rd graders enjoy both P.E. and have the freedom to play pick-up games at recess, as well as enjoy being outdoors. In P.E., they build on the basics of sports, swimming and sportsmanship. Young minds are most alert and open to learning when their bodies are given the chance to be active.

4th Grade

4th Grade Course Details

Our students are exposed to learning with a departmentalized team of teachers and are prepared for their upcoming Middle School journey.

Advanced Academics

Fully immersed in the mastery of content and core skills in each subject area, students in 4th and 5th grades hone their research, writing and presentation skills, read several novels and short stories, continue to dive deeply into mathematics and science and creatively express the results of their learning.

Field Trips

Field trips are designed to enrich 4th and 5th grade social studies curriculums. They have become beloved traditions where students look forward to their exploration of the Underground Railroad at Cedarkirk in 4th grade, and colonial life in historic Williamsburg when they reach 5th grade.

P.E.

A special focus on water sports begins in 4th grade as swimming classes continue to build on different styles of strokes, and children are able to enjoy canoeing on our beautiful Lake Brantley. 5th-grade students celebrate the mastery of their canoeing units with the traditional trip down the Wekiva River.

5th Grade

5th Grade Course Details

Organizational and time management skills are reinforced and expanded during their 5th grade year.

Advanced Academics

Fully immersed in the mastery of content and core skills in each subject area, students in 4th and 5th grade hone their research, writing and presentation skills, read several novels and short stories, continue to dive deeply into mathematics and science, and creatively express the results of their learning.

Field Trips

These are designed to enrich 4th and 5th grade social studies curriculum. They have become beloved traditions, where students look forward to their exploration of the Underground Railroad at Cedarkirk in 4th grade, and colonial life in historic Williamsburg when they reach 5th grade.

P.E.

A special focus on water sports begins in 4th grade as swimming classes continue to build on different styles of strokes, and children are able to enjoy canoeing on our beautiful Lake Brantley. 5th-grade students celebrate the mastery of their canoeing units with the traditional trip down the Wekiva River.

Enrichment Activities

At SEA, we believe that enrichment programs are vital to a well-rounded education. They help develop confidence and social skills from a young age. Research has shown that learning art, music and other enrichment skills can help children excel in all areas.

P.E.

SEA prides itself on the value placed on physical wellness. Our students develop an appreciation for physical fitness with an emphasis on team participation, sportsmanship and fundamental life skills. We are privileged to reside on a beautiful campus nestled on the shores of Lake Brantley, and our students are able to take full advantage of all these amenities.

Art

Art is a valued subject at SEA and our curriculum is aligned to our other subject areas, such as language arts, social studies and mathematics. We allow our students to express themselves, develop gross and fine motor skills, and use their critical thinking skills while learning how to safely use new materials and processes.

Religion

Chapel time is our weekly gathering as a school community—a time to acknowledge our membership in the human family under God, our national identity as Americans, and our participation in the Kind Zone. Our weekly chapel service is student-centered.