Curriculum

THE WHOLE CHILD
Lake Harriet staff and parents are committed to academic rigor for our children. We are also committed to their education in the arts, physical health, social skills development and community service. We believe in educating the whole child, respecting each child’s unique learning style, and challenging each child to reach his or her full potential.

LAKE HARRIET LOWER (grades K-3)
The elementary grades offer a time for students to grow in their love of learning and flourish. Our experienced teachers create unique, small learning communities and use flexible grouping in reading and math in order to challenge students at all levels. All students are assessed regularly so their individual needs can be met and challenged.

LAKE HARRIET UPPER (grades 4-8)

Lake Harriet Upper offers a challenging curriculum in a supportive and nurturing environment. The intermediate grades (grades 4-5) provide the right balance of nurture and challenge for curious, energetic fourth and fifth graders. Teachers emphasize social and academic growth, building on student-to-student and student-to-teacher relationships. Middle School (grades 6-8) is a transitional time from childhood to adolescence and a place where a K-8 setting can offer real advantages. The middle school program rotates students through classes on their own floor, in a setting that is familiar and intimate. At a K-8 school young teens don’t have to grow up quite so fast. National studies show young adolescents thrive in a safe, small learning environment where they can form healthy, long-term relationships with teachers and peers. That’s exactly what is offered at Lake Harriet.

A STEM-Focused School
Lake Harriet Community School is a STEM-focused school. The letters in STEM stand for science, technology, engineering, and math. STEM-focused instruction fosters a culture of inquiry among students and teachers. STEM curriculum emphasizes connections in the fields of math and science, meaningfully integrates technology, and introduces and engages students in the engineering design process. The arts and humanities further support the STEM focus. STEM-focused instruction is an effective way to prepare students for the challenges of an increasingly complex and technological society.

Blog: What’s STEMing from Lake Harriet