Day in the Life

Meet Emma, from our Early Learning program

Exterior of Chilton House

Each day, Emma is greeted in the carline by one of her teachers. As she approaches the doors to Chilton House, members of the EMS community, from teachers to staff, greet her by name, making sure she feels seen and heard.

A Chilton House teacher showing a new student their cubby.

When Emma gets to her classroom, she puts her things away in her cubby. Students gather for the morning meeting, which sets the tone for the day, and then dive into activities. Some of these are independent and some are interdependent, and they include art, block-building, sensory play, dramatic play, and library time.

Chilton House students playing outside in the fall.

Snacks and lunch are brought to the classroom, and Emma and her classmates enjoy lunch outside when the weather permits. Emma and her friends enjoy the time to socialize with each other and their teachers.

A Chilton House students works with shapes to build a bridge.

At age 3, Emma is already learning about shapes and math. Our youngest students are introduced to learning experiences in math, language, literacy, and social studies at developmentally-appropriate times.

Chilton House students smiling during circle time.

Emma has been learning about the 4 C’s — Courtesy, Consideration, Cooperation, and Compassion — which are practiced school-wide and encourage students to think about how their actions affect each other.

Chilton House students created a food market.

Emma and her classmates spend time learning about how food is grown before practicing reciting the days of the week in Spanish. In Exploration Alley, a space designed specifically to encourage STEAM skills, Emma’s group is building a bird feeder.

A Chilton House student reading.

Emma decides the books she’ll read, which helps encourage a love of reading.

Exterior of Chilton House

Chilton House ends the day with a closing meeting before Emma’s mom arrives to pick her up.

Meet John, one of our third-graders

Head of School Marek Beck shaking the hands of students.

Each morning, John walks to his classroom from the carline or bus drop-off. He may see Head of School Marek Beck shaking hands with students and welcoming them to campus.

Little School students listen to their teacher during class.

John starts his school day with the morning meeting, where he and his classmates discuss shared expectations for behavior and what the day’s schedule will be.

Little School students collaborate in class.

The morning goes by quickly, and John has a few classes in math, language skills, and, his favorite, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics). In between classes, he catches up with his classmates.

A Little School student practices the cello.

After lunch, it’s time for ensemble. John plays the cello, which he takes home every day to practice. John has ensemble three times each week.

Little School students playing Gaga ball.

It’s time for physical education, and the students are enjoying a fast-paced game of gaga, an EMS tradition that’s similar to dodgeball but played in a more confined space.

Little School students exploring our creek on campus.

In the afternoon, John’s class is down at the brook studying amphibians.

Little School teacher helps a student.

At the end of the day, John reviews his homework with his teacher and packs up everything he’ll need before heading out to the carline or bus.

Two Elisabeth Morrow Students in Little School Studying a Book Outside

One day a week, John stays late for an After School Adventures class. This class is called “Inventive Art,” and he is looking for natural, found items to create his masterpiece! Next season, John will take a stop-animation class after school.

Meet Elise, one of our eighth-graders

Morrow House entrance

Elise rides the bus from the city and arrives at school with just enough time to greet her friends before going to the main entrance in the courtyard for class. There, her teacher greets her at the door.

Morrow House teacher in the classroom with students.

Elise’s day starts with English, history, and math. In between classes, she and her classmates have a break to catch up, take a breath, and reset.

Morrow House students in the library.

Today, Elise is researching a paper for humanities, so she heads to the library. Elise uses the skills she learned in Library Science to find the books she needs.

Morrow House teacher helping a student.

At lunch, Elise meets with her advisor. This happens every day as a way to check in with Morrow House students and ensure they’re being seen and heard. Since Elise is in eighth grade, they’re also discussing how to best prepare for secondary school applications.

A student celebrating.

After lunch, Elise heads to Latin class. She could have also chosen Spanish, as some of her classmates have.

Teacher assisting students as they work on their NuVu projects.

During design studio, students work on their prototypes in pairs. They’ve been challenged with developing solutions to mitigate the potential for campus flooding during extreme weather situations. This project asks them to draw on knowledge from across many areas of study.

Elisabeth Morrow School students perform Greek dramas in costume.

This semester, Elise is studying ancient history, and she and her classmates are engaging with the content in a variety of ways, from creating new versions of Greek myths in her technology class to performing Greek dramas.

Elisabeth Morrow School Students Running Cross Country on the Elisabeth Morrow School Field

Just before the end of the day, Elise heads to cross-country running, where she’s working on her stride. She has noticed that the P.E.—”FITT” class she took last semester seems to help her endurance.

Morrow House student working.

A few times a week, Elise stays late and does homework in the library, where she can get help if she needs it. On those days, she takes the late bus.

EMS prepares students for an impressive range of top-tier secondary schools.

Our students cultivate the ability to learn, think, explore, empathize, and lead. They graduate with the ability, mindset, and competencies to navigate a global world and are well-prepared to face an unknowable future.

Accustomed to a challenging academic environment, EMS students welcome the demands of competitive secondary schools and are often placed in advanced sections where they perform very well.


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