The first few years of education should give a child the right start—a solid grasp of the basics, a love of learning and a genuine curiosity about the world around them. In the Lower School, our private school for children is where our students are just beginning their formal education so we focus on creating an environment which achieves this in two ways: the care our teachers have for each student, and a highly effective basics program integrated into a rich curriculum. Designed with an integrated approach, the Lower School curriculum includes the study of geography, history, science, music, art, poetry and even communication skills. In addition, our teaching methods engage students in creative activities which encourage the exploration of their surroundings and help them relate what they learn to real life. A unique aspect of the Delphi Program is that all students develop good study habits—they literally learn how to learn. We strive to be one of the best private school for kids.
Students in the Lower School spend well over half their day involved in some kind of hands-on activities or creative projects. Field trips are scheduled regularly and are a key element of the Lower School experience. Emphasis on hands-on learning gets the students out on weekly field trips to a variety of destinations including: touring a museum, visiting a fire department or public library, going behind the scenes in a restaurant, touring the Florida Aquarium or zoo, or exploring a nature center. Focus is always on exploring the world.
In addition to a wide variety of regular physical education activities such as tumbling, games and playground time, we often offer seasonal activities such as tennis, ice skating, swimming, canoeing and bowling during the school year.
The Arts & Craft Department facilities are available to all students, and in the Lower School Music Department students get their first introduction to the world of music, through exposure to different styles of music and learning to play a basic rhythm instrument.
Delphi utilizes the concept of “Forms” rather than grade levels as a way of getting excellent results without forcing all students to move at exactly the same pace. We realize each student is an individual and needs to be addressed as such in his or her education. Thus, every Delphi student may enroll in a Form at any time during the school year. A student completes a Form upon accomplishing the requirements for graduation from that Form. In this way, each student can get the full benefits from the curriculum and keep advancing at their own pace.
Young children learn a great deal by observing the world around them. We encourage this by getting students involved in activities both inside and outside the classroom. Students in the Lower School spend well over half their day involved in some kind of hands-on activities or creative projects. Walk into a classroom at this level, and you’ll generally find a beehive of motion.
“Research” is a concept that helps a child to observe activities or phenomena in the environment, thereby learning first-hand about basic concepts in physics, biology or chemistry. Students through the Elementary School engage in a variety of research projects as part of their regular curriculum.
Field trips are scheduled regularly and are a key element of the Delphi Program. Student trips always focus on interaction with the world around them. Field Trips also provide the much needed hands-on experience to support many areas of a student’s studies.
Delphi Academy has an active drama and arts program. The Arts & Craft Department facilities are available to all students from Beginner 1 through Form 6. Students learn to create art in a variety of mediums including watercolor, pencil, charcoal and oils as well as getting experience in several types of crafts.
In the Lower School Music Department, beginning with Preschool, students get their first introduction to the world of music. They learn fun songs, musical skits and how to play basic rhythm instruments.
Emphasis in athletics is on discipline, hard work, team spirit and fun. Physical Education classes are delivered on a regular schedule.
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