Science & Performing Arts Curriculum
Philmore scholars interested in dance will have the opportunity to learn the beginning skills of dance while improving their techniques, poise, self-confidence and creative ability. Scholars will choreograph and dance in class presentations. Through their own dance compositions and expressions, students explore the creative process, translating ideas, thoughts, and feelings into original pieces of choreography. They also study dance forms from many cultures and time periods in cultural and historical context. The vocabulary of dance includes the basic elements of time, space, and force or energy. Students grow in understanding dance and its elements through direct experience.
STEM & Advanced Studies
In our STEM and Advanced Studies curriculum, students will learn the engineering design process, children build their problem solving skills—skills that transfer to other disciplines, including math and science. And finally, today’s society is increasingly dependent on advanced technologies, a reality that makes engineering and technological literacy essential 21st century skills for all students. By solving engineering design challenges, our students utilize highly effective learning strategies including project-based and hands-on learning.
Band & Music Program
At Philmore, our band and music program develops basic musicianship skills for students beginning in grade 3. Students will begin to use more articulations, perform scales and music in more difficult key signatures, demonstrate vibrato, and perform music at an intermediate level of difficulty. Ensemble skills will become more developed as students participate in full band settings. Students will describe concepts common to music and other disciplines, and will be involved in discussing various cultures, styles, composers, and historical periods.
At Philmore, every student has the chance to shine as they begin performing in front of peers, parents, and faculty as young as junior kindergarten. While it's fun for parents to see their little ones on stage, these performances, which are often curriculum-based, also help build confidence and allow students to develop communication and public speaking skills. The progression of performance skills begins in elementary school and continues through Middle School and culminates in Upper School with theater arts courses and participation in award-winning productions.