Kindergarten Celebration is set for June 17, 2016 at 10:00
Kindergarten Orientation will be held on Friday, September 2, 2016 at 2 pm
The focus at Cliffwood Elementary School is to provide an educational center where students become life-long learners, critical thinkers, and creative problem solvers and where students will achieve success as honorable members of society. We educate our children in a positive environment where all members of the school community are an integral part of the program. We embrace the belief that all children are learners and that learning begins at home, is cultivated at school and nurtured by the community.
The academic program at Cliffwood School is aligned with the Common Core Standards and includes reading/language arts, mathematics, social studies and science. The language arts program is based on the balanced literacy approach through a workshop model in which instruction is informed by way of formative assessments and tailored to the individual. Through Everyday Math, students gain number sense and mathematical know-how through fun, hands-on experiences. The teaching staff at Cliffwood is organized into Professional Learning Communities that collaborate to focus on essential knowledge and skills and prescribe appropriate interventions for students who have not attained proficiency. Students at Cliffwood benefit from this model through their interactions with teachers who continually grow and develop professionally. Students also see well-planned, individualized learning experiences and view teachers as an active part of the school’s learning culture.
Our special area program enriches the students in the areas of art, music, media studies, Spanish language classes, physical education, health and computer literacy. Through our character education programming, children are encouraged to achieve their personal best through principles of equity and diversity. Classrooms build community through the Olweus classroom meetings and every month, students can be nominated as “Star Student”. Cliffwood is also a "Bucket Filling School". We strive to be bucket fillers by taking the time to fill other’s buckets by being kind, respectful, and caring.
Cliffwood continues to promote partnerships between home and school that increases parental involvement and participation in promoting the academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. School web site, electronic information, and an active and supportive PTO further the home-school connection.