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Specialist Classes

 
A strong enrichment program taught by a team of specialists adds breadth and richness to the Crestview education, helping us fulfill our commitment to an education for the intellectual, physical and emotional development of the child.
 
 

Art 

The art room is a place for students to grow, flourish, and develop an understanding of the world around them through the eyes of an artist.

Our Fine Arts program offers a well-balanced approach in various art disciplines. Beginning in the Lower Elementary grades, basic skills are introduced and explored. At each grade level, students will be given the opportunity to practice various mediums including: drawing, color pencil, chalk pastel, oil pastel, charcoal, pen and ink, painting, ceramics, watercolor, and mixed media.

 

 

Band and String Ensemble


The instrumental groups perform at a concert in March and are featured participants in the All School music programs.

Through this enrichment program, young musicians develop the skills of self-expression and self-discipline.

In fourth grade, students are invited to join our Beginning Band program. Once they have completed a year in Beginning Band, the students continue on to the Advanced Band program for fifth and sixth grades. The String Ensemble is open to all students who have completed at least one year of private or group lessons on a string instrument.

 
 

Computer Science 

In order to prepare our students for success in an ever-evolving digital landscape, our program is designed to:
 
Enhance production, communication, and creative work. 
Prepare students to access, evaluate, and synthesize content.
Promote innovative thinking and problem solving.
Develop student skills as digitally responsible citizens.
Build a strong computer science foundation.
 
Students learn programming, robotics, graphic design, video creation and editing.
 
 
Library

Library at Crestview is both a place and a class. With over 9,000 volumes of literature and resource materials, it is a place rich with imagination, adventure, and information. Students come to the library for weekly classes that introduce literature, instruct in the usage of the many resources of the library, and teach how to conduct research.
  
 
Maker

A dedicated maker time is an opportunity for students to exercise their engineering and design skills, as well as communication and collaboration. Some projects will follow the design thinking process, while others focus on exploration and individual passion projects.
 
 
Music
 
The concepts of rhythm, melody, harmony, and form are developed sequentially in our program. In every music lesson, the students sing both individually and as an ensemble. Continuous refinement of skills through singing and playing of instruments occurs throughout the elementary music program.
 
 
Physical Education
 
A child's health and general physical well-being is as much an asset as the ability to think or create. The general goal of the physical education program is to help the children develop and maintain a healthy, vibrant, and active life-style into, and throughout, adulthood. Crestview offers a daily, structured, and age-appropriate physical education program to all students. Students develop physical skills and abilities while also developing social skills such as teamwork and sportsmanship. Two full-time specialists work with students for two-week units focused on fitness and sports fundamentals in football, basketball, soccer, and golf, in addition to other sports.

 

Science

At Crestview, students’ natural curiosity about scientific phenomena is fostered through a hands-on, experiment-focused approach. Instruction is delivered through the use of FOSS, a research-based science curriculum for elementary and middle school students developed at the University of California, Berkeley. Our program is designed to build on prior knowledge as students investigate core ideas in science in an increasingly complex manner. The goal is to help our students know and use scientific explanations of the natural world and the designed world; to understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge and technological capabilities; and to participate productively in scientific and engineering practices. All upper elementary students participate in overnight trips aligned with our science curriculum. 

 

 
 
Service Learning
 
Outreach and community service activities are an important part of a Crestview education. Our community service projects are designed by the students themselves, with appropriate support by the teachers. Our students learn that community means not just their school community, but the extended community in which they live. Our service-learning programs:

Help children learn empathy.
Demonstrate to children that their actions can have a positive impact.
Help children connect to local, national, and international communities.

Different grade levels adopt favorite projects appropriate to their age and understanding. 
 
 

Spanish

Spanish classes are taught entirely in Spanish to immerse students in the language and help them develop both the skills and comfort to listen and speak in Spanish. Students work to build a strong vocabulary as well as a proficiency with the grammatical structure of the language. Children are encouraged to use vocabulary they have learned in the correct context in short oral presentations. In addition to developing proficiency in another language, the students will have the opportunity to learn about the different cultural aspects of the Spanish-speaking countries.

 
 

Theater Arts

Theater arts is offered to students TK-6th as a part of their Specialist's rotation. In this program, they learn communication skills and have an outlet for self-expression. It gives students a forum to develop confidence in public speaking skills and to collaborate with their peers. In the winter, our lower students put on a stage performance for the school. Our upper elementary students perform for a school audience in the spring using an ensemble format.