The Blue School Connected Primary program is about deep inquiry and rich project work for children, supporting a joyful relationship to school and learning.

Blue School Connected Primary

The Blue School Connected Primary program is about deep inquiry and rich project work for children in Kindergarten-5th grade. We foster a culture of trust and openness, making the environment ripe for academic mastery and creative expression, as well as supporting a joyful relationship to school and learning.

During these years, children are organizing and combining various skills in order to understand concepts and accomplish increasingly complex tasks. This is explicitly supported by our Big Studies curriculum which integrates learning from different areas of study to enhance depth of understanding. As students develop more fully into unique and curious individuals who comprehend and formulate questions and ideas about their immediate world, they learn to think logically, anticipate outcomes, classify objects and solve problems. They are also guided and challenged to reflect on their learning process, to receive individual feedback, and to vigorously revise work. The learning carried out in this process mirrors the authentic and collaborative nature of the real world.

At Blue School, each student accepts personal responsibility for learning. Learning that “sticks” occurs through acts of concentrated effort, filled with imaginative flights, flexible thought, and critical summation. Creative and innovative responses are cultivated through the rich integration of the arts and core academic content within the Blue School Connected Primary program.

See more information about our 2020-21 Primary program here.

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Blue School Connected
Onsite + Online

Because the future is ever-changing, education must be fluid and responsive to the realities of our world. The Blue School Connected – Onsite + Online program expertly combines in-person and digital engagement to achieve our educational goals.

Onsite at Blue School allows our connected community of learners to come together in our downtown NYC campus for collaborative experiences and learning. Blue School is taking all health and safety regulations and facilities guidelines into account, adjusting class sizes, space planning, schedules and programming to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of our community.

Children will have the opportunity to engage with their teachers in person, and while at home, in whole groups, smaller groups, and one on one.

Literacy, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Expressive arts are the bedrock of the Primary division. These areas of study are integrated in our Big Studies curriculum and form the inspiring backdrop that provides meaning and context for their learning.

Online learning is integrated throughout the year, seamlessly connecting the onsite and online experience.

When Online, we offer a mix of apps and platforms to engage students in learning, encourage frequent participation, allow for collaboration and expression of thinking, and supportive teacher feedback in real time. A focus on community and relationship building is always prioritized.

Whether onsite or online differentiated instruction is supported by learning specialists dedicated to the needs of specific developmental levels.

Blue School Connected
Fully Online

Reimagining Education has always been a cornerstone of the Blue School ethos, and now it takes on even deeper meaning. We have embraced new technology for today’s current circumstances and educational needs. For families who prefer an at-home learning experience, the Blue School Connected – Fully Online program is an opportunity to engage in the most dynamic online learning program.

No matter where you and your family are located, Blue School Connected – Fully Online is an expertly crafted educational program that marries the ability to inspire learning with social and emotional growth.

Blue School has transformed online education into an interactive, academically challenging, creative and joy-filled experience that is responsive to the individual needs of students and their families.

Blue School’s rich history of and commitment to the development of self and social intelligence differentiates it from other online school experiences. Children have the opportunity for synchronous time with teachers in whole groups, smaller groups, and one on one.

Literacy, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, and Expressive arts are the bedrock of the Primary division. These areas of study are integrated in our Big Studies curriculum and form the inspiring backdrop that provides meaning and context for their learning.

While Fully Online, we offer a mix of apps and platforms to engage students in learning, encourage frequent participation, allow for collaboration and expression of thinking, and support teacher feedback in real time. A focus on community and relationship building is always prioritized.

Differentiated instruction is part of our online program and is supported by learning specialists dedicated to specific developmental levels.

No matter which Connected program you choose, your child and family will experience the hallmarks of a Blue School education.

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Community

We believe children’s learning is enhanced by a vital school-to-parent partnership. Blue School parents are dedicated collaborators in this unique educational experience. Once a week, the day begins with Community Meeting, an opportunity for parents (K-3), teachers and students to share songs, to hear from students, and to participate in a mindfulness practice.

Primary students demonstrate their learning by building self-confidence and a sense of responsibility in the community. They explore, play, and take small and big risks. Guided by grade-specific academic frameworks in all content areas, children are given access to grand explorations of the world, and ways to think through complex problems leading to creative solutions. Through Big Studies, students actively research relevant content, discover new questions and ideas and develop their own theories. In keeping with Blue School’s mission and values, teachers in our Blue School Connected Primary program bring an intrinsic belief in the power and beauty of each child’s unique process of learning.

"Learning is about purpose. Whether it is in person or online, learning has to be purposeful to our Primary students. Understanding the "why" behind what we learn is important to how we learn. Focusing on the creativity and curiosity that students bring with them, and tapping into that, is our main focus in how we plan for a robust and engaging online option in the fall."

-Tu Harris, Director of Primary Program

Blue School Dynamically Balanced Education Model

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Whether online or onsite, Blue School academics are engaging, relevant, and meaningful. Because the work has purpose and the students have responsibility and choice, they are eager to learn. Teachers engage students so that they are learning within a context, and provide work that provokes and challenges students. As a result, students create incredibly deep inquiries and complex thought processes that examine topics from multiple perspectives.
Blue School students learn confident self-expression, resourcefulness and imagination. Our safe and respectful environment encourages academic risk taking, freeing students to think innovatively. We celebrate the individuality of each student, with respect for their differences and their courage. Together they learn to hear multiple perspectives, working collaboratively to iterate and solve complex problems with creative solutions.
Primary students think, write, and produce art that delves into their own identity. As they share themselves with their peers, they learn to listen and be curious about others. Their awareness broadens to the school community, to their neighborhood, their city and their world.
academic mastery

Whether online or onsite, Blue School academics are engaging, relevant, and meaningful. Because the work has purpose and the students have responsibility and choice, they are eager to learn. Teachers engage students so that they are learning within a context, and provide work that provokes and challenges students. As a result, students create incredibly deep inquiries and complex thought processes that examine topics from multiple perspectives.

creative thinking

Blue School students learn confident self-expression, resourcefulness and imagination. Our safe and respectful environment encourages academic risk taking, freeing students to think innovatively. We celebrate the individuality of each student, with respect for their differences and their courage. Together they learn to hear multiple perspectives, working collaboratively to iterate and solve complex problems with creative solutions.

self + social intelligence

Primary students think, write, and produce art that delves into their own identity. As they share themselves with their peers, they learn to listen and be curious about others. Their awareness broadens to the school community, to their neighborhood, their city and their world.