Academics
Overview

Elementary School (Grades K-6)

Learning is multi-layered, flexible, and hands-on.

We believe that asking thoughtful questions is the engine that drives curiosity, putting students on a path that can lead anywhere. At each grade level, Campbell Hall provides a sequential, challenging, and engaging curriculum anchored by social emotional learning that gives students the support needed to excel personally and academically.

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  • A Kindergarten Day

     
    Sample Kindergarten Schedule
     
    View a sample of a typical kindergarten day here.

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  • Childcare and After-School Programs

     
    Childcare and After-School Programs
     
    Childcare and Before/After-School Programs are open to K-6 students, providing an opportunity for extended play and participation in a wide variety of programs. Learn more here.

Student Life Guide

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  • Academics

    Our elementary school schedule rotates through a six day cycle, giving students the opportunity to explore a wide array of academic subjects and areas of interest and providing them with an exceptional educational foundation. Every day is filled with hands-on activities, collaborative projects, and immersive learning experiences. Students receive daily instruction in language arts, math, science, and social studies. In addition, students receive instruction in the following areas of focus under the guidance of specialist teachers:

    Lab Science
    Library
    Music
    Physical Education: daily
    Spanish (begins in grade 3)
    Technology
    Visual Arts
  • Affinity Groups

    Affinity groups create opportunities for students who share a common identity to come together in a more intimate space within the larger community to share and reflect on their common experience.
  • Chapel Program

    Chapel takes place Monday–Thursday during which we gather to hear stories from the world’s various religious faiths and traditions, sing songs, enjoy student performances, listen to guest speakers, celebrate birthdays, and so much more.
  • Class Presentations

    Class Presentations in grades K–6 underscore curricular themes and integrate performing arts, visual arts, and creative writing. Writing celebrations allow students to showcase their writing portfolio to their families and friends.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in the Curriculum

    The elementary school uses the Social Justice Standards (Identity, Diversity, Justice, and Action) as a roadmap for anti-bias education. Through these standards, students learn to express pride, confidence, and healthy self-esteem while affirming the value and dignity of other people.
  • Events

    Homecoming Football + Carnival is a K–12 campus-wide event to watch and support the middle school and high school football teams, enjoy carnival rides and games, and show our Viking pride!

    Halloween is an exciting time at Campbell Hall. The campus is spookily decorated and elementary school students celebrate with a parade.

    The Holiday Elementary School Performance is a festive celebration during which students give choral, music, and dance performances to kick off the holiday winter break.

    CH Community Sunday is open to the entire K–12 community to engage in a day of service and fundraising activities that support local nonprofit organizations.

    6th Grade Promotion is a special ceremony that honors our elementary students who are progressing to middle school. 

    Science fair
    is an optional at-home opportunity for students in grades 1-6 to research a science topic of their choice and employ the scientific method or engineering process. Students have the chance to bring their projects to school and share their findings with a panel of teachers as well as the elementary community.
  • Experiential Education

    Beginning in 4th grade, experiential education trips are unforgettable experiences during which students explore nature, learn the value of cooperation and responsibility, and create lasting bonds with classmates and faculty.
  • Lab Science

    The elementary school science lab curriculum engages children in joyful discovery and experiences that instill an appreciation of our world, develops foundational skills, and sparks a lifelong love of learning. We promote and believe in the fundamental value of play, encouraging and connecting children to inspirational experiences and ideas in science, technology, mathematics, art, and engineering. This comprehensive and collaborative approach helps to promote critical thinking and problem solving, to think ethically and empathically, and to generate innovative reasoning and a diversity of ideas.
  • Library

    The K-12 Ahmanson Library maintains a wide range of fiction and non-fiction books, periodicals, databases, and online resources. The elementary library program strives to encourage a love of literature and develop lifelong readers, promote intellectual curiosity and strengthen critical thinking skills, teach library skills including information and media literacy skills, and support the classroom curriculum.
  • Language Arts

    Through both the Reading and Writing Workshops, experienced faculty provide a balanced approach to literacy while meeting each student’s individual needs with a collaborative teaching approach and small group instruction.
  • Math

    Math In Focus, the Singapore Math program used, emphasizes the mastery of math topics through problem solving, computational skills, mental math, word problems, and pictorial solutions. Skilled teachers scaffold instruction to address the needs of individual learners, leading to abstract computation.
  • Performing Arts

    • MUSIC: The integrated and sequential music curriculum throughout the elementary school years combines music literacy, appreciation, cultural exploration, participation, and performance. All children learn the basics of rhythm, melody, harmony, note-reading, and composition. Children participate in a rich variety of musical experiences which include vocal performance and exploring instruments. Our program also offers music technology through our 1:1 elementary class laptops, STEAM projects, as well as one-on-one sessions in our recording studio. The Campbell Hall Elementary School Chorus is a strong part of our music curriculum for grades K–6. It affords elementary singers the opportunity to learn good vocal production, rhythmic movement, and performance skills.
    • DANCE: The after-school dance program offers the following options: Creative Movement KA/KG (all students), 1st Grade Ballet, 2nd Grade Ballet, 3rd Grade Ballet & Contemporary, 4th Grade Ballet, Contemporary & Family Waltz, 5th Grade Ballet & Contemporary, and 6th Grade Ballet & Contemporary.
  • Pals Program

    The Pals Program pairs Kindergartners with 6th graders and 1st graders with 5th graders for fun activities scheduled throughout the school year. Younger students benefit from having strong, positive role models and older students develop a sense of responsibility and leadership.
  • Physical Education

    Through daily physical activity, students strengthen the connection between mind and body. Physical education classes offer sequenced and developmentally appropriate games, fitness, sports, and health curriculum.

    All students in grades 4–6 are welcome to participate in the following interscholastic competitive team sports and are placed on teams depending on their skill so as to be appropriately challenged.

    Co-ed Flag Football
    Basketball
    Soccer
    Co-ed Baseball
    Co-ed Volleyball
  • Social Emotional Learning

    The elementary school program serves to meet the developmental needs of all students through strengthening students’ emotional intelligence skills with particular focus on mindfulness, self-awareness, emotional management, responsible decision-making, and healthy interpersonal relationships.
  • Spanish

    The elementary school Spanish program provides culturally responsive pedagogy to further develop an appreciation for cultural diversity and the cultural diversity of the Spanish-speaking world. Direct Spanish language instruction happens twice in a six-day cycle for grades 3, 4, and 5 while students in grade 6 have Spanish language instruction three times in a six-day cycle.
  • Student Council

    Student council provides opportunities for elected 4th–6th grade students to develop leadership and communication skills, personally invest themselves in elementary school programs, and serve their school and local community.
  • Technology

    The Elementary Technology Lab is a community space for design and innovation; training a new generation of designers and creators. With a 1:1 iPad program that starts in Kindergarten; the focus is on process rather than product and on our devices as tools for learning. Students learn computer programming, web design, and multimedia making skills and apply them in integrated projects. We use tech intentionally to connect our community and, starting in 3rd grade, students take iPads home and learn to manage their own google accounts.
  • Visual Arts

    Our Visual Arts department follows a choice-based curriculum to guide students toward the use and care of various art materials, as well as the employment of art techniques and skills. We begin with the belief that each child is innately creative and our job as art educators is to provide studio-based opportunities for students to grow and hone their creative habits and skills. We include studies of a diverse range of historical and contemporary artists and art practices, not with the intention of emulating their work, but to better understand the use of art as an expression of identity and tool for social engagement. In our state-of-the-art, dedicated Elementary Art Studio, our students develop their own creative practice and use their art to engage with the broader community.

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Elementary School At-A-Glance

4533 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Studio City, CA 91607
Phone 818.980.7280

Campbell Hall is an independent, Episcopal, K-12 all gender day school. We are a community of inquiry committed to academic excellence and to the nurturing of decent, loving, and responsible human beings.
Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students
Campbell Hall admits students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletics and other school-administered programs.
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