We Ignite Critical
and Creative Thought

As the child’s first introduction to school,
teachers, and classmates, the Preschool Program
encourages self-confidence and positive social
interaction. The curriculum demonstrates a
careful balance of the elements of play,
academics, and independent thought.

The Preschool Program

Preschool Program for three and four-year-old children provides an environment that fosters and nurtures each child’s natural love of learning. This is the foundation for all future learning.
The curriculum emphasizes the child as a social being with an independent personality that needs support and direction.

We Create a Safe Environment Where Kids Can Be Themselves

Kindergarten is a transitional year that bridges
Preschool with the Elementary years. This
phase of learning introduces the child to a
more structured curriculum of mathematics,
science, humanities, computers, the arts, and
the Spanish language.

The hands-on approach to learning encourages self-discovery and active participation. Equally important, it is designed to maximize the child’s future experience in the Elementary Program. Seen as a continuum, the Kindergarten year represents an important link in a quality educational chain.

We Provide Individual Attention

During the Elementary school years, the child’s
unique personal characteristics become better
defined. An individualized approach to learning
allows the child to develop at the pace and in the
style which is best suited for him or her.

As a result, we learn the most effective way of teaching a particular child, and the child begins to notice his or her identity from the patterns expressed through unique talents and preferences. Some children quickly enhance their knowledge through insatiable reading, others from the application of mathematics, and still others by the rigorous application of scientific principles.

All of our 8th graders are accepted into the Magnet, EPCC Early College, or specialty High School of their choice.

These features are continued into the middle
school years. As we prepare the children for
high school, they encounter more
responsibility, rigor, and accountability. This is
all fostered through supportive staff and peers.

Self-discipline and motivation are nurtured throughout the program. Personal and social responsibility are developed to grow into the leadership qualities that will serve the child later as a contributing member of the community.

Ensures Future Success

The academic program goes far beyond the
standard mathematics, science, and humanities
to include the acquisition of the skills necessary
for critical thinking, exploration, developing
imagination, creativity, analysis, research, and
social awareness. The latter includes the mental
and behavioral attributes necessary for instilling
ethical and moral values.

We live in a world of information that grows exponentially faster than most people can keep pace, therefore the elementary years must include learning how to learn and how to find the information one seeks. Upon acquiring facts, students are encouraged to apply them in every day life.

Our Students Have the Opportunity to Learn 4 Languages:
Spanish, Mandarin,
Latin, German

As in all programs at El Paso Country Day
School, the Elementary and Middle School
curriculum provides a unique integration of
structured learning, self-discovery, behavioral
growth, and social interaction.

EPCDS Elementary and Middle School students use the Saxon curriculum for learning math. The Saxon approach emphasizes a holistic, modular approach to learning math and is widely regarded as one of the best math curriculums available. EPCDS math classes are taught independent of grade level, at the student’s own pace. In most cases, EPCDS students are taught at least one grade level above a student’s actual grade level.

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