CURRICULUM | Lower

LOWER SCHOOL (AGES 8-12)

Students work collaboratively in small groups on project based assignments. Through Socratic discussion, they’re challenged to think critically and examine the world around them.

Classrooms are set in nature-based environments, weather permitting. Small class sizes, certified tutors and teachers provide individualized attention in welcoming spaces. Great for socialization and making new friends.
TINFOIL SCULPTURE
Aluminum foil can be wadded up and shaped easily into light weight sculptures. Sculptures can use iron wire armatures, if strength is needed. Perspective and Photography are interwoven in the curriculum.
THEATER
Speeches are short. Dialogue and vocabulary are appropriate for child performers ages 8 -12 years old. No one child becomes the “star” or is expected to memorize too many lines. Upcoming plays include The Wizard of Oz, The Emperor’s New Clothes, and Alice in Wonderland.
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FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Students are taught by native speakers. Instructors focus on speaking, reading, and writing with an emphasis on dialects, history, and customs. Languages offered include:
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • French
  • Braille
  • American Sign Language

 
GUITAR LESSONS
Students are taught 1-on-1 for a :30-minute session by a classically trained musician. Lessons include music theory. Student must bring a guitar. Students perform in two (2) recitals each school year.
LIFE SCIENCES
Students explore plant and animal inherited traits and life cycles, and consider how plants and animals contribute to food chains. They further explore how the ecosystem affects plant and animal life.
 
CHESS
Students are taught by a nationally ranked chess instructor. Students learn the basics including how to identify chess pieces and their movements on the chessboard. All skill levels are welcome and opportunities to compete in school sponsored chess tournaments are offered twice a year.
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GRADE LEVEL MATH
Certified tutors work in small group classes and 1-on-1 with your child to master multiplication, division, place value, rounding, fractions, decimals , factoring, geometry, measurement & word problems.

 

 
MUSIC CHOIR
HCHC’s Music Director engages students in music theory and history. Students learn contemporary songs and receive voice training from a trained professional. Two (2) recitals/concerts are scheduled.
 
S.T.E.A.M. TOURNAMENT
Students work together on a 10-month long collaborative project that culminates in state level competition with Odyssey of the Mind’s annual state tournament. Students incorporate science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics to problem solve and win at state championships.
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OUTDOOR SPORTS
Professional coaches instruct and guide students through individual and team sports training, including:
  • Archery
  • Basketball *
  • Flag Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
 
SPELLING BEE
Students learn healthy study habits as they prepare for competition in the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee. Curriculum includes fun and engaging spelling activities and group study. Students compete in a school bee for a chance to enter the county competition.
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HAND SEWING PROJECTS
Students learn a practical skill. This class is for the beginners. Four (4) simple projects will be sewn in order to build confidence and understanding of sewing related terms.

 

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