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LVDS Classroom

Elementary School Program

First Grade

In first grade we emphasize students becoming more independent as they encounter new responsibilities.  Our integrated English Language Arts program uses phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension. Writing is explored through the six traits of writing focusing on poetry, journals, and personal narratives. We use a technology-based Math and Science curriculum. Students learn through exploring and analyzing information.  For Social Studies, students learn critical thinking through engaging lessons.

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Second Grade

Second grade is a year of continued growth and independence. Students apply essential foundational skills to their academic and social learning. Our curriculum offers an integrated English Language Arts program in which students engage with fiction and informational text, continue to develop reading comprehension strategies, and broaden their vocabulary skills. For Writing, they learn to utilize the writing process to compose opinion, sequential, and narrative pieces. Our Math program extends students’ understanding of place value, operations, patterns, and measurement. The Science and Social Studies programs teach students about the engineering and design process and communities long ago and today.

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Third Grade

Third grade students begin to move from concrete to more abstract concepts and understandings. Our integrated English Language Arts program challenges students to become critical thinkers. They use comprehension skills to evaluate text and compose detailed written literary responses. Students also explore writing skills through narrative, informational, and persuasive pieces. Our Math program helps students build on foundational concepts such as place value, multiplication, division, fractions, and measurement. For Science, students use the engineering process to explore and analyze new concepts.  The Social Studies curriculum allows students to explore how communities change over time with an emphasis on the growth and development of Las Vegas. 

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Fourth Grade

Fourth grade focuses on independence, organization, and self-motivation as key skills for successful learning. Students apply critical thinking skills in all aspects of their learning.  The fourth grade curriculum offers an integrated English Language Arts program that focuses on comprehension and analysis while establishing crucial vocabulary, spelling, and language skills. Our Writing program enhances foundational paragraph writing skills and focuses on multi-paragraph essays across a variety of genres.  Students are encouraged to explore using hands-on activities in Math and Science and are given opportunities to utilize their skills in real-world applications.  A STEM program incorporates technology-based mathematics and science that focuses on analyzing data.  The Social Studies curriculum explores the different regions of the United States and introduces the basics of regional physical features, economies, and local and federal governments.

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Fifth Grade

Fifth grade stresses skills needed for lifelong learning. All learning is cross-curricular and uses technology to support student learning. Students are expected to develop independent thinking and study habit skills which are incorporated into all subject areas. Our integrated English Language Arts program features novel studies, grammar lessons, and focuses on comprehension, analysis, and critical thinking skills. Our Writing program uses the writing process and is enhanced through student research to produce expository, persuasive, and informational essays and thematic poems. Through our Math program, students acquire and extend foundational math skills that are enhanced through interactive digital media. The STEM-based Science curriculum is delivered digitally and incorporates hands-on activities, critical thinking, and analysis. These concepts are applied to real-world experiences.  Social Studies focuses on the early beginnings of the United States. Students use acquired knowledge of early peoples and major battles to develop and apply research skills in quarterly projects. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do elementary students have clubs?

The school offers an extensive list of clubs and after school activities starting in second grade.  There is literally something for everyone ranging from chess and band to sign language and game club.

Do students go on field trips?

Field trips are arranged to various locations around the Las Vegas valley that coordinate with the areas of study including theater performances.

What social, emotional, or academic help does LVDS provide its students?

We have two guidance counselors on staff that help our elementary students with any social, academic, or emotional challenge.  Our guidance counselors regularly lead guidance lessons focused on building social skills, setting goals, and improving students’ study skills.  Our counselors are also available for one-on-one meetings with students and parents.

Do parents have to provide their child’s school supplies?

As a convenience to parents, the school provides all necessary school supplies for the year at a nominal fee.

Is there an after school program?

The school offers after school study hall for Elementary School students until 6:00PM.  There is an additional fee for this program.

What are class sizes?

Elementary School class sizes will be limited to no more than 20 students with a teacher and aide.  Smaller class sizes will give us the opportunity to offer more individualized attention for all our students.

How and when do I apply?

Students in first through fifth grade are required to take an entrance exam for admissions consideration. Exams begin in January for the following school year.

THOMAS HUXLEY, 1877

“Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the things you have to do, when they ought to be done. It is the first lesson that ought to be learned— however early that training begins.”