Elementary School (K-5)
Learning in Elementary School
The Elementary School provides a safe and nurturing learning environment with high social and academic expectations for all students. All classes are taught by certified, accomplished, and experienced teachers who are committed to ongoing professional development. Each child is assigned to the care of a specific homeroom teacher, who understands their academic and social needs. Teacher to student ratios are intentionally small to facilitate a strong community of learners. Our dedicated faculty, in collaboration with support staff, maintain the high standards and expectations that are the hallmark of a Nishimachi education.
In addition to homeroom teachers, other qualified teachers support the full scope of the elementary learning environment. Specialists teach Music, Art, Drama, Physical Education and Library classes. Japanese language teachers teach students Japanese at their developmentally appropriate level. In each kindergarten class, bilingual classroom assistants work closely with the teachers and our youngest learners. This ensures a positive and successful transition to schooling. This support is continued through Grades 1 and 2 with grade-level team assistants. Finally, when necessary, the Student Services Team works with our homeroom teachers to further support the social, emotional and intellectual growth of each student.