Frequently Asked Questions!

How will it work to have a combined 1st/2nd grade classroom in the first year at CFS?


Though the long term goal of Coastal Family school is to have a classroom dedicated to each grade, there are many benefits to multi-age classrooms and we intend to lean into those advantages. Research has shown there’s no difference in academic achievement between children in split classes versus straight grades. Children learn at different paces. Blended classes offer a wider range of curricula across two grade levels. Advanced students can be more easily challenged with higher-level material; struggling students can more easily return to earlier material in order to ensure mastery, especially in these early foundational years of learning. Younger children gain self-confidence and maturity by being exposed to older students; older students learn to be positive, mature role models for the younger students. Students in blended classrooms tend to take greater personal responsibility for their learning.  As a school who believes we are all one family caring for one another, there is greater peer-to-peer learning in blended classrooms. As students develop friendships across grade levels, blended classrooms instill a greater sense of responsibility for one another, and a better sense of community. 


Why will elementary students study Latin?

Latin is the next step after phonics. We all understand the importance of phonics, the systematic study of the English letters and their sounds. But phonics only covers half of our language, the English half, those good old concrete words that students learn to speak and read first. But then we stop, even though there is another half of English that has a whole new set of root words, spelling, and pronunciation patterns. More than half of English words are Latin and observe spelling and pronunciation rules different from the English words students learn in primary school. Latin also provides the root words for all of the modern sciences. Latin is also the language of law, government, logic and theology.

Why is there time set aside for art and creativity daily?

Students as young as preschool are encouraged to embrace their creativity and as they grow challenges in creative thinking increase. Our art curriculum from preschool through elementary school directs our students on a path to building skills and thinking creativity. Creativity encourages problem solving skills; learning to envision and then find solutions will serve students well in both their relationships and in their studies. The inherent risks of arts and creativity help students to learn from their mistakes and innovate. When children are given space to freely experiment the tap into their imaginations and develop new ideas. The language of art and play help students to express themselves and communicate their ideas with others; finding their voice and learning to embrace diversity. In our fast pace world there can be little opportunity for children to slow down; art encourages children to slow down, notice details, colors and appreciate beauty.