PREK 3 – GRADE 8
Art, Music, Athletics
The arts at AJLA do not exist in a vacuum, but rather are integrated into the school’s culture and curriculum. Students have art class twice per week, allowing for exploration of art of various media. Classroom teachers have access to the art room and its supplies at all times to complement their own instruction. Special effort is made to connect art to various units of study and incorporated into project-based learning in each grade.
- Weekly Choral classes for students in grades K-5th.
- Creation of the Select Girls Choir at AJLA in partnership with The United Girls’ Choir of New Haven. This elite choir program rehearses right at AJLA and admission will be by invitation or audition only and is open to all girls in kindergarten through 6th grade.
- Suzuki Music is a critical partner in our music curriculum. The Suzuki Method creates an environment in which students learn music in a similar manner to acquiring a foreign language. Students learn through listening to music and using their bodies as well as using manipulatives to understand and engage with music.
- In our early childhood program, music occurs twice a week and builds musical literacy through nursery rhymes, fine and gross motor practice, and simple melodies.
- In our elementary program, students are given small-group lessons in violin instruction with the Suzuki School of Music.
Research in a recent USC study finds that music instruction accelerates brain development in young children, specifically in the areas of processing sound, language development, speech perception, and reading skills.
At AJLA our physical education program focuses on participation in a variety of activities that are enjoyable, promote skill development, require teamwork and enhance physical fitness. Teaching students about spatial awareness is one of the first skills that AJLA students work on developing. Additionally, students focus on developing their locomotor skills by walking, jogging, skipping, hopping, shuffling, galloping and running during every class. After our locomotor warm up exercises each class, AJLA students participate in many games and activities that help introduce and develop skills such as throwing, catching, balancing and kicking while also helping students improve upon their hand-eye and foot-eye coordination as well as their overall body control.
In addition to helping students grow and develop physically, our physical education program helps students learn how to persevere through challenges, work together with teammates to achieve a common goal and learn how to show respect to themselves and their opponents regardless of the outcome of a game. This focus on the importance of teamwork is consistent with the social skills that are an integral part of the School’s program and culture.