The Physical Education program is a vital part of the curriculum. In the Preschool, a variety of physical activities and games provides opportunities for the development of gross motor skills while developing listening skills, self-discipline, and sportsmanship.
In lower school, healthy habits and an appreciation of physical fitness are fostered through a variety of organized physical activity. Sports skills are developed through games, fitness exercises, and organized playground activities.
For middle school students there is a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional physical education activities taught, including flag football, floor hockey, baseball, volleyball, basketball, golf, Frisbee golf, ultimate Frisbee, cricket, kickball, and tumbling. An understanding of the relationship between diet and exercise and a healthy body is stressed. The program provides students a base with which to develop physical skills that will enable them to keep physically fit and active for the rest of their lives.
The twenty-first century emphasis on digital skills has prompted schools to closely examine the ways technology is used by staff and students. Capital Day School views technology as a way to enhance the learning experience. Teachers combine computers with content in ways that challenge and engage students. The school’s culture of responsible digital citizenship fosters a lifelong awareness of the role technology plays in students’ lives.
All students in kindergarten through the eighth grade attend technology classes. Students in kindergarten through fifth grade attend class twice a week. Kindergarten students practice basic computer skills, terminology, and functions. Students in grades one through three focus on the development of keyboarding skills. Supplementary learning activities and STEM-based projects help students improve logical decision making skills. In the fourth grade, students develop introductory coding skills and gain proficiency in software- and web-based presentation tools. Fifth grade students receive training on Google Apps for Education, learning new ways to collaborate, communicate, and create with technology. Middle School students attend technology classes four days per week for a nine-week rotation period. Active learning experiences are created to address topical issues in technology and prepare students for the demands of high school. Sixth grade students obtain hands-on experience with computer hardware and basic troubleshooting. Seventh grade students revisit coding concepts while analyzing and creating websites. Eighth grade students study programming, logic, robotics, video creation and editing, and their role in an increasingly digital world.The computer lab is also used for classroom projects, homework, and extracurricular activities. For example, middle school social studies classes research and build presentations for KYA and KUNA events. Eighth grade students also use the lab to design and create the school’s yearbook.
The Capital Day School library is an inviting space with a diverse and broad collection of about 7,000 volumes.
Library knowledge begins in the Preschool when children come to the library once a week for story time and to check out books. In the Lower and Middle School grades, library skills are taught along with the research or reading the students are doing in their classes. Middle School students are scheduled to come into the library with their teachers, as well as individually, depending on research and book selection needs. The library also operates as the center of interdisciplinary unity for the Middle School. It is open for middle school students at lunch recess and for all students before and after school.
The Music Program involves students from three-years-old through eighth grade. In preschool through the second grade, students sing, say, dance, and play! They use nursery rhymes, songs, basic percussion instruments, listen to music, learn about the various parts of the orchestra, begin to recognize different instrument sounds and begin notation.
In the third grade, students begin to play recorders, and in fourth grade, Orff instruments are added to the student repertoire. Students in the fifth grade continue to sing and play instruments while learning a variety of vocal warm-ups and techniques helpful for singing alone or in a group.
The fifth grade students have drama twice a week all year and work on the basics of theatre as an introduction to the Middle School Drama Program. Students in grades six, seven, and eight, study drama for one nine-week period each school year. During that time, the students mount a production and receive instruction in character development, movement skills, vocal skills, perception, improvisation, and expression.
Students receive Spanish instruction at Capital Day School from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Classes are taught mostly in the target language to support a total immersion approach to learning and conversation is heavily emphasized in every grade. The foreign language department is committed to empowering our students for success by differentiating instruction for all learning styles, backgrounds and interests. Confidence is boosted through the variety of ways instruction is delivered such as through games, rhymes, songs, art, skits, poems, storybooks, cooking and research of other cultures and geography. By exploring foods and creating cultural experiences such as visiting Mexican restaurants or spending time with native speakers, students are able to find applicable uses for their language learning while gaining an appreciation for Hispanic cultures in the world beyond the walls of the school and the communities in which they live. Core-curriculum themes are also heavily incorporated into the Spanish curriculum to reinforce content and learning in both languages. After nine years of Spanish language learning, students graduate from Capital Day school feeling comfortable to communicate proficiently in Spanish about a variety of topics that interest them while also ready to enter a more advanced Spanish course in high school.
The fourth & fifth grade students have drama elements introduced into their music classes twice a week and work on the basics of theatre as an introduction to the Middle School Drama Program.
Students in grades six, seven, and eight, have the opportunity to take an improvisation class during one nine-week period and study drama for another nine-week period each school year. During that time, the students mount a production and receive instruction in character development, movement skills, vocal skills, perception, improvisation, and expression.
The art program is an integral part of the educational experience at Capital Day School. Art class work provides a means of self expression and communication. Students are exposed to the elements of art and the principles of design as well as noted art periods, artists, and cultures. Students experiment with a wide variety of materials and processes. Middle school students are afforded the opportunity to choose drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture electives.