Shore’s unique S.A.I.L. (Science and Art Integrated Learning) program for pre-k through third grade encourages learners to explore the world through creativity.
Young students learn to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the natural world through hands-on explorations as both artists and scientists, and through experimentation with a variety of media. Children are inspired and motivated to solve challenges, moving fluidly between disciplines while using a full range of materials from clay, paint, and wood to iPad, SmartBoard, and electronic robots. They work in a dedicated S.A.I.L. classroom, in Shore’s garden and around campus, and inside the school’s Innovation Lab, a two-story makerspace purpose-built to allow students at any level to experiment, discover, and collaborate using real tools and technology.
As a founding member of the Independent School Data Exchange (INDEX), Shore integrates the organization’s Mission Skills Assessment at all grade levels to evaluate how the curriculum nurtures character skills such as teamwork, resilience, curiosity, and creativity. The S.A.I.L. program is a critical means to foster meaningful discovery while encouraging these typically unmeasured aspects of student development in the lower grades.