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School Grades LS Class Structure MS Class Structure US Class Structure Curriculum Integration Comments
The Brearley School K-12 Grade 2: Computer class once per week. Grades 3-4: Twice per week. 40 minute periods. Full year courses. Grade 5: Computer class once per week, 2 trimesters. 40 minute period. Grades 11-12: Half or full year electives in web design, multimedia, CS, and Engineering (co-taught with Science dept). 160 minutes per week. (Generally small but committed enrollment.) K-12, emphasis in MS/US
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School n-8 Grade 4: One 60-minute class per week. Homeroom/subject teachers incorporate computing. Grades 5-6: One 60-minute class per week. Homeroom/subject teachers incorporate computing, n/a
The Cathedral School K-8 Grades 3-4: Three 20-minute classes per week from Sept. thru Dec. No scheduled computer classes. Research skills, internet safety, copyright education integrated in the context of various subject areas. n/a The lab is booked by individual teachers depending on what they are doing. Tech director works with teachers to encourage constructive use. Some students obviously have more experiences with the computer than others depending on who they have for teachers.


The Chapin School K-12 Kindergarten: 40 minutes once per week and laptops during center time. Grade 1: Project based laptop use in science, social studies and math. Grade 2- 3: 20 minute "tech session" once a week and laptop use in science, social studies and math. Grade 2 also use laptops for at least 40 minutes in math lab. Class 3 integrated projects throughout the day. Extensive use in Math, Science, and SS.
Columbia Grammar and Prep School K-12 Grades 3-4. Once a week for the entire year. In addition, all fourth graders have a keyboarding class once a week for approx. 11 weeks. Grades 5-8: Three 40-minute periods per 6-day cycle. Grades 9-12: Students are required to take ONE elective at some time during HS, although they can take more. Three 40-minute periods per 6-day cycle. Grades K-2 homeroom teachers bring their classes to the computer lab at least twice per year for projects which are taught by the classroom teachers with some help from the computer teacher if needed. There is a "tech liaison" on each of those grade levels who coordinates this.
Little Red preK-12 Grades 3-4: year-long computer classes. Third grade meets 20 min in homeroom and 30 min in computer lab, per week. Fourth grade has a weekly 30 minute typing period before/after school (for 1/2 year) and one 40 min period per week. Grade 8: year-long computer class, two 40-minute periods per week. Art dept teaches a digital media course in 8th grade. 5-8 graders come into the lab constantly, integrating what is happening in their other classes.


The School at Columbia University K-8 No formal computer class(s) in any grade, all technology skillls taught through integration 1-1 laptop program in grades 3-8, below that 2-1(Grade 2 and 1), in K (4-1).


Ethical Culture Fieldston School @ 33 Central Park West preK-6 Grades 4-6: Year-long computer classes. Fourth grade meets 45 mins in computer lab twice per week in whole class groups. Most specials in the school are taught in half groups but because we needed more time for keyboarding the classes were changed to whole class groups. Classroom teachers come with the children to the lab to help manage and teach whole class groups. Fifth grade computers classes are taught in half groups for 60 mins once a week. Fifth grade classroom teachers co-teach with the tech educator. In sixth grade because of departmentalization, all subjects are taught by specials, computer classes are taught by the tech educator. Technology is used in many subject areas and in community projects. Special subject and homeroom teachers plan with the tech educator for productive and meaningful use of technology.


The Spence School K-12 K: No computer classes. Grades 1 and 2: One computer class once a week. Grade 3: Two computer classes each week. Grade 4: Once a week tech course. Other time scheduled for ubject based projects such as a perimeter/area unit in Microworlds. Middle School - tech courses in grades 6 and 8. Robotics elective offered in 7th grade. Computer Science (RealBasic) elective offered in 8th grade.


Upper School - tech course in grade 10. Upper school Robotics elective offered.
The Dalton School K-12 Grade 2: Three 20-minute periods per week -- keyboarding practice and word processing. K-3 homeroom teachers schedule time in lab. Technology coordinators help plan and sometimes teach lesson. Recources include MediaBlender and SMART Notebook. Themes include media literacy, internet safety, and digital media.
The Buckley School K-9 LS Class Structure: 1-3 meet once per week in half classes all year. Classes 1 & 2 focus on raising the comfort level of the student's computer use through curriculum related activities (One More Story, Math Arcade, Drawing, MS Word). Class 3 begins to work with computers as tools and learn computing skills through activities (navigating network, file management, word processing). MS Class Structure: Classes IV-V meet once per week in half classes all year. Class VI meets once per week in full groups throughout the year. Classes for all are 40 minutes. Additionally, boys in all grades regularly use the computer lab for other subject work (Science, Math, English and History). In Class IV, boys continue to develop proficieny in navigating the school network, and learn skills in Microsoft Word, Paint and Power Point. Boys also learn to use Photoshop and create a basic webpage. Class V continues building on skills developed in Class IV; boys increase proficieny in typing, create a slide show and learn to use Excel. Class VI boys complete the course in touch typing, work on an independent Photoshop project, and design a website using HTML. Internet safety and responsible use of technology is emphasized throughout all grades. US Class Structure: Each class meets two times per week for 1/3 of the year except for Class VII which meets an additional class each week for the second term. Class VII boys create a variety of projects using Lego building kits which include sensors and motors and animate these projects using the DACTA-LOGO programming language. They then recreate the results first in a computer graphics program and then reassemble the layers they create in a one frame Flash animation movie by way of Actionscript. Class VIII boys study existing web sites and create their own web site using graphics editing software and web page editors. Integrating the computer and science curricula, Class IX boys focus on scientific illustration and communication skills in addition to learning to construct algebraic expressions on the computer. Curriculum Integration Comments
Saint Ann's School n-12 Grade 3: Computer class once per week (45 minutes), full year. Grades 5-8: Computer classes twice per week (45 minutes), full year. Students have to take at least one year of computer, ("Computing 1"), which includes some keyboard, programming, web page, spreadsheet, database, and lots of drawing and animating. Electives include Comp.2,3, and 4 as well as Programming 1,2, and 3. Computer classes twice per week (45 minutes), full year. Students usually have to take at least one year of computer or convince us that they know some keyboard, programming, spreadsheet, and database. Electives include Digital Graphics (aka Desktop Publishing), Animation, Graphics Programming, Game Programming, Physical Computing (wires and circuitboards), Programming 1,2,3,4 and 5. Music Dept. offers computer music classes (Middle and High School), Art Dept. offers claymation and digital photo editing classes, Science Dept. offers physics with robots. We have 3 computer-lab classrooms and a "computer resource center" with computers that teachers from various departments can bring classes to for computer and web work.

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