East Farms School 25 Wolf Pit Road, Farmington, Connecticut (860) 674-9519
East Farms School, a Blue Ribbon School with a beautiful, country-like setting, provides a personalized education for each of its students in kindergarten through fourth grade. Small class sizes (an average of 20 students to one teacher) and quality support services lead to high student achievement - and we are continuously raising our expectations for the future!
East Farms School is a community of learners and a partnership among teachers, students and parents, which supports student learning and personal development. East Farms School is committed to all students, developing high level academic skills and the positive habits of life-long learners. The school community is committed to developing respectful behaviors, personal responsibility and productive citizenship. The school vision is to create a learning-focused community in which all students can develop their critical thinking and reasoning, collaboration and communication, problem solving and innovation, and self-direction and resourcefulness. Educators at East Farms School are committed to continuous improvement in order to best meet the needs of students, parents, and the community.
Instruction and Goals
Each year, performance-based school goals are developed collaboratively with the faculty, School Council (parents, teachers, community members), and the principal. School goals are supported by ongoing professional development for teachers and opportunities for coaching.
Reading: After extensive professional development as a faculty, teachers implement reading instruction through the use of workshop techniques and Lucy Calkin’s Reading Units of Study. Within the mini-lesson structure, students learn new reading skills by watching explicit teacher modeling, followed by independent practice and application of various reading skills.
Writing: After extensive professional development, teachers implement writing instruction through the use of workshop techniques and Lucy Calkin’s Writing Units of Study. Within the mini-lesson structure, students learn new writing skills, pertaining to several genres of writing, by watching explicit teacher modeling, followed by independent practice and application of the writing skills.
Math: Through the implementation of the Math in Focus program, students apply conceptual understanding of mathematical skills to rigorous problems and creative, real world situations.
Inquiry: Through the inquiry process, teachers encourage student curiosity through the creation of questions connected to content area essential questions. Collaboratively, students choose questions to research, synthesize their learning, and share their conclusions.
Technology: Teachers integrate technology skills into daily lessons and independent work, which is one way they enhance instruction and motivate students. Each classroom is equipped with a projector and document camera to utilize throughout mini-lessons. Students in second, third, and fourth grade have one-on-one access to Chromebooks, being able to create documents digitally, using 21st Century skills.
East Farms School’s quality literacy support program includes a Reading Recovery program for students in first grade and specialized reading tutoring for students in grades two through four.
An annual program invites published authors and illustrators to work closely with students and teachers, sharing their writing experiences with the community.
East Farms School provides early intervention in mathematics for students in all grade levels.
The math specialist leads math enrichment programs, such as Math Challenge Club, for students in fourth grade.
In addition to one-on-one Chromebooks in second through fourth grade, students also have access to iPads and classroom computers in order to integrate technology with other components of the curriculum. Keyboard instruction begins formally in second grade. All grade levels use the technology to access information, and to learn practice, and apply diverse skills.
Academic offerings are enriched by arts programs, including general music and strings, visual arts, and physical education classes - attended regularly by all students.
The instrumental string program begins in second grade and involves more than 175 students. The orchestra and chorus perform throughout the year. Performances include a Suzuki presentation, a winter and spring concert, and several additional concerts to celebrate the progress of our string students.
Students in third and fourth grade can participate in an active student council. Student council members lead monthly assemblies, fundraise for various causes, and act as role models in our school community.
Parent-teacher collaboration is at the heart of East Farms. Indeed, we nurture community among students, parents, and staff through a positive, disciplined learning as well as opportunities for socializing at numerous community events. The children benefit from an active and involved parent-teacher organization. Volunteers provide time and resources to support an exemplary school library, cultural arts programs, technology and an active Publishing Center. A parent-teacher School Development Council helps plan school improvements and set school goals. Informally, parents and teachers work together to meet individual students' academic, social and emotional needs. Working parents are supported with a comprehensive school-age care program .