Elementary and Middle School Teams
Rather than traditional grade levels, Concordia students learn in multi-age teams (15:1 Student:Teacher maximum) to ensure that students develop relationships with peers at their social emotional level, are challenged academically whether they are at, below, or above “grade level” expectations, and build self confidence in a Christ-centered community.
Team Roots – Ages 5-6 – Students at an age of “grounding” themselves socially, academically, and spiritually as they soak up information and experiences.
Team Sprouts – Ages 6-8 – Now that students have been grounded, they can really start to grow and sprout on their own. Sprouts are visible for others to see, and at this age the academic progress flourishes for others to see.
Team Hawthorn – Ages 8-10 – Students in Team Hawthorn are growing stronger in many areas of life. The trunk of a hawthorn tree is on the smaller end but its branches and leaves expand outward beyond what may be expected for the trunk to support. Similarly, children at this age are capable of more than what we may expect academically, socially, and spiritually. Our goal is to help this age group become stronger in their self-awareness, confidence, and skills in addition to academic growth.
Team Woodlands and Team Cardinals (7th grade)– Ages 10-13 – As children grow, they begin to recognize not only their personal traits (as a single hawthorn tree) but also the traits of others. Becoming more aware of others and comparing yourself to others you see can be extremely challenging. Growing in Team Woodlands serves as vital time for children to solidify who they are amongst many “individual trees” in the woodlands, build community with others, and experience the benefits of various relationships. Academically, this age group is also able to build better connections between academic content and the world around them.
What does multiage team look like at Concordia?
- Students making friends with children the same and different ages as themselves
- A solid relationship between teachers and students as they get to know each other over the course of more than one year
- Students working on material that meets their own level of learning (see more in next section)
- A family
Personalized, Mastery Learning
Concordia elementary and middle school staff members have a shared vision, philosophy, and commitment to personalized, mastery learning.
Personalized Mastery Learning: Personalized learning at Concordia is students owning their mastery of learning objectives by working with teachers to use a variety of resources, assessments, and reflection to continuously strive for growth.
What does this look like at Concordia?
- Students and teachers working together to set personal academic goals and celebrating when the goal is achieved
- Small group and/or one to one learning with teachers
- Students working independently to master skills
- Teachers working to gather data to always know what a student has achieved and what a student’s next challenge will be
- Students collaborating on projects using the content they mastered
Our staff is committed to a professional development plan to consistently review and improve our school curriculum, structure, and teaching methods in terms of personalized mastery learning.
Skills for Life — Aware – Relational – Responsible – Self- Regulated
Are you self-aware? How about socially aware of your surroundings? What relational skill could you improve? What responsible or irresponsible choices have you made recently? In what areas are you self-regulated? In what areas are you not?
In combination with Responsive Classroom © practices and our Christian faith, we use the words: aware, relational, responsible, and self-regulated as core skills for students to learn and practice throughout their day inside and outside of school. These skills are just as vital to a child’s development and adulthood as mastering academic concepts.
What does this look like at Concordia?
- Teachers and students greeting each other every morning sharing information and fun during a morning meeting
- Students taking short breaks in the classroom when they know they need to regain self-regulation
- Teachers and students saying phrases like, “Wow, that was really relational when you picked up the pencil for George” or “How self-regulated are you feeling right now?”
- Students making responsible choices based on their surroundings
- Service learning projects in the community
Curriculum & Classes
Concordia uses Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and Washington State Social Studies Standards to guide each child’s personalized learning experience. Resources we use include Math in Focus Singapore Math, Discovery Education, Daily Five Reading format, IXL, and more. Team Woodlands (ages 10-12) uses the Summit Learning program as another resource for curriculum meeting the standards listed above.
In addition to the core subjects, students participate in classes taught by specialist teachers:
- Art – 45 min/week
- Physical Education – 2 times/week 30-45 min/period
- Music – 2 times/week 30-45 min/period
- Bible Study – 4 times/week 30 min/period + Chapel once a week
Summit Learning Platform
Concordia has been accepted into the Summit Learning Platform for our students ages 10 and up (5th-7th grade) and we will begin implementing the program in fall 2019! The program takes personalized learning to a new level with student ownership, real world project based learning, the teaching of habits of success, and holding students accountable to critical thinking and cognitive skills. www.summitlearning.org
Preschool Lake City
At this time, the Lake City Campus is not opening in Fall 2020, and is reassessing its opening for January 2021.
Our Lake City campus offers three partial day classes for children 2 through 5 years of age. These classes are a great “first school experience” for young children. As with our Wedgwood campus, each class is “play based,” allowing children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity and physical, cognitive and emotional strengths. Our experienced and loving staff cares that each child progresses in their fine and large motor development as well as social, emotional, and age appropriate academic skills. The program includes walking fieldtrips to the library, fire department and nearby playgrounds for the 3-5 year old students.
The preschool is located at Lamb of God Lutheran Church at 12509 27th Ave NE.
2-Year Old Class– Wednesdays, 9-11:30 am – Our 2-Year old class offers an opportunity for the young children to learn social skills and play with other kids their age. This class offers the same opportunities as an older preschool environment would: craft projects, circle time as well as gross motor play.
Students must be 2 by August 31 of the upcoming school year. Potty trained is not required.
3-4 Year Old Class– Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9-11:30 or 9-1 pm
Recommended that students are 3 by August 31 of the upcoming school year.
4-5 Year Old Class– Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, 9-11:30 or 9-1 pm
Recommended that students are 4 by August 31 of the upcoming school year.
Concordia’s Wedgwood Preschool program has been a vibrant and integral part of the Northeast Seattle area for many years. We offer fully licensed programs for children ages 3 through 5 years. We offer half or full day classes in addition to many levels of care, depending on the needs of your family. With our dedicated, experienced and nurturing staff, we are blessed to serve many families.
Our beautiful, large classrooms are filled with natural light and we offer a play based relational curriculum that is geared for the individual child’s development and learning style. Enrichment classes include a weekly music class for all ages, and chapel services for preschool and elementary/middle school students. Our 5’s program also has Physical Education classes each week. We also enjoy a dedicated recess time for large motor activity in our 1/2 acre outside playground area and on rainy or cold days we have access to our full-sized gymnasium.
Our Wedgwood campus also offers state-licensed summer programs mid-June through August, with weekly enrollment. Concordia students and children from the community are invited to join us.
True to our Mission Statement, we are Christ-centered, and all of the teachers model their Christian faith in the classroom each day. We welcome you to come and visit our wonderful school!
“Giraffe” class This “fives” program is a great option for students who will turn five by December of the school year. The curriculum is geared for 5 year old students with summer birthdays who may benefit from an extra “bonus” year of preschool as well as older 4 ½ year old preschool students who are ready for a more academic learning environment. We use portions of kindergarten language arts and math curriculum, and students participate in weekly school enrichment classes: PE, Drama and Music. While the academics are more rigorous than our typical preschool class, the learning environment is play based and dynamic, with free choice play center time, and creative art projects. Enrollment choices include half day and full day, either 4 days (Monday through Thursday) or 5 days per week.
“Bumblebee” class This program is offered for students who turn four by August 31 of the current school year. The class uses “Zoophonics” phonetic curriculum and each student meets in a small group with the teacher every week for focused learning. This includes pre-reading skills, letter and number recognition and current events in our Scholastic “Let’s Find Out” lessons. The classrooms are set up with rotating play center materials, offering children the opportunity to develop new competencies and learn self-advocacy skills. Enrollment offers both half day and full day options, from 3-5 days per week.
“Teddy Bear” class This program is perfect for our youngest preschool children, students who are age three by August 31 of the current school year. This class is focused on helping students learn the social, emotional, and independence skills needed to be great students, along with early academics in a warm and loving environment. The early academics include colors, shapes, ABCs, and the “Zoophonics” early phonics program. Enrollment offers both half day and full day options, from 2-5 days per week.
Before/After School Programs
Concordia offers a fun, safe, affordable place for elementary kids to play and learn before and after school. Before-school care opens at 7 am. Students are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:15 to transition to their school day. Our after-school care remains open until 6 pm. Students receive a snack right after school and then have the opportunity to play outside or in the gym as well as some quieter activities during that time.
Our extended care teacher, Nate Hartman, is a Concordia alumni who coaches basketball here as well and is studying to be a teacher. His energy, heart for the kids and love of fun keeps the kids begging to stay at school past 3:30 pm.
Our extended care (or wrap-around) program is very flexible and affordable ($4.85/morning, $13.15/afternoon). Students can be signed up for every day, once a month, or just on the days you need it. For more information, please call the school office at 206-525-7407, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop in and talk with our Administrative Assistant, Jordan Field.
Concordia Lutheran School’s summer camp offers families a wonderful opportunity for children to learn, grow, and have fun in a positive, safe environment. Summer camp is available for children ages 4 through 5th grade. We have one program for children ages 4 and 5 and a separate program for those who have completed Kindergarten through 5th grade.
Both of these camps offer:
- Interesting and fun weekly themes
- Experienced and caring teachers with a low student/teacher ratio
- State-licensed care for Preschool camp
- Weekly field trips (on campus for preschool, off campus for elementary) and daily special activities (bike day, walk to park day, etc.)
- Care available between 7 am and 6 pm (10 hour maximum; half day available for preschool ages)
Enrollment will begin in February. Watch for enrollment form in early-mid February.
Please feel free to contact our Summer Camp Directors with any questions.
Preschool Camps: Pam Curry email@example.com or 206-525-0871
Elementary Camps: Katie Kohring firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-525-7407
Concordia facilities, especially our wonderful gymnasium, are used for a wide variety of events. If you are interested in using our facilities, please contact our administrative assistant, Jordan(email@example.com) or call at 206-525-7407.