In 1st and 2nd grade, teachers place a strong focus on literacy, devoting two blocks a day to phonics instruction, vocabulary development, and effective writing. Students also spend two blocks a day in math as they study basic computation and universal number patterns. In addition, students learn about the practical applications of math pertaining to time, money, and measurement. Class instruction fosters critical thinking, independence, and creativity. The students also enjoy art, music, and physical education classes on a weekly basis.