9 - 12


6 - 8


4 - 5


JK – 3


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A1 Upper School Math Grades 9 – 12 Students explore mathematical reasoning, critical analysis and innovative experimentation—hallmarks of Parker’s approach to education—as they progress through coursework in algebra, geometry, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and other advanced mathematical topics during the four-year Upper School experience.
A2 Upper School English Grades 9 – 12 Parker students develop an understanding of the structure of language and how that structure can create a variety of effects. As a result, students can handle different kinds of writing with confidence and competence.
A3 Upper School History Grades 9 – 12 Upper School students develop independence of mind by considering social issues and historical themes from different viewpoints. Teachers work to maintain a rich and fresh diversity of content while advancing the historical skills of writing, research, analysis, public speaking and debate.
A4 Upper School Arts Grades 9 – 12 The visual and performing arts are central to the student experience at Parker. As a means of examining and expressing the beauty and variety of the human condition, the aim of these departments is to provide students with multiple outlets to explore their creativity and obtain the training necessary to realize, develop and communicate their intellectual and emotional understanding of the world.
A5 Upper School Language Grades 9 – 12 Students may choose their language of study (Latin, French, Chinese or Spanish) to undertake a broad range of communicative tasks, using the target language in social situations.
A6 Upper School Science Grades 9 – 12 At Parker, the study of science is about capitalizing on curiosity and imagination; developing critical inquiry, reasoning, experimentation and communication skills; and providing a supportive, stimulating environment for creative problem solving and innovation.
B1 Middle School Math Grades 6 – 8 Math plays a critical role in the life of Middle School students, aiding them as they move from concrete to more abstract thinking. Through their studies of mathematics, students grow in analytic reasoning and effective communication.
B2 Middle School English Grades 6 – 8 At Parker, the relationship of teachers and students is essential. By getting to know students as individuals in small class settings, teachers successfully support their needs as readers, writers and thinkers.
B3 Middle School History Grades 6 – 8 Through questions and discussions, students develop an awareness and appreciation of history and social studies by being involved in explorations of important historical moments and people. This challenging and interactive curriculum allows them to broaden their understanding and view the subject through a variety of perspectives.
B4 Middle School Arts Grades 6 – 8 Visual arts expose students to the discipline of craftsmanship and an appreciation for tools and materials that serve as paths to creativity and expression in photography, painting, shop, ceramics, video and sculpture. Drama and music cultivate an appreciation for self-expression,  group cooperation and collaboration through ensemble, choir, band and orchestral participation.
B5 Middle School Language Grades 6 – 8 Students’ skills in comprehending, speaking, reading and ultimately writing become more sophisticated. They are increasingly learning how to put together the building blocks of isolated vocabulary with the various parts of speech in oral and written language.
B6 Middle School Science Grades 6 – 8 In Middle School science, an inquiry-, lab-, and project-based curriculum focusing on earth science, life science and physical science, helps develop the process of scientific investigation and problem solving.
C1 Intermediate School Math Grades 4 – 5 Intermediate School students extend the skills and language they learned in the Lower School to build mathematical connections, focusing on flexibility of thinking and using multiple methods to solve one problem.
C2 Intermediate School English Grades 4 – 5 Parker frames literacy instruction within the context of authentic, meaning-making activities, integrated into the general study of the classroom whenever possible.
C3 Intermediate School History Grades 4 – 5 By creating a meaningful web of connections and a sense of realness and relevance about people who lived in the past, the faculty hopes to develop a powerful identification. Equally important are questions about these people and their cultures that develop perspective, an understanding about the human experience and a sense of values and ethics about key moments in history.
C4 Intermediate School Arts Grades 4 – 5 Students gain more sophisticated technical skills in art and shop and enhance important social skills, including collaboration and empathy, as they work together performing dramatic productions.
C5 Intermediate School Language Grades 4 – 5 Language, as a window to culture, encompasses responsibilities of global citizenship, and Parker encourages students to aspire to embracing these responsibilities.
C6 Intermediate School Science Grades 4 – 5 The Intermediate School curriculum uses a constructivist approach that helps students build skill, knowledge and understanding by manipulating materials to accomplish scientific tasks. Teachers nurture an appreciation for wonder and curiosity to aid them in developing insights into everyday phenomena and discovering the nature of science.
D1 Lower School Math Grades JK – 3

Children naturally marvel with amazement and curiosity at the wonders found in numbers. Students learn to ask questions and pursue answers as they strive to solve real problems, communicate their understandings clearly as they develop a growing appreciation for math as a meaningful way of relating to the world.
D2 Lower School English Grades JK – 3 Children explore the world through language. Literacy is an essential tool, and improving one’s skills in reading and writing is a lifelong process. The Lower School bases its literacy curriculum on the belief that speaking, listening, reading and writing are connected activities.
D3 Lower School History Grades JK – 3 From a young age, Parker students develop an appreciation for other people, their experiences and their backgrounds. Teachers guide students toward understanding values, perspectives and histories, both shared and different from others inside and outside their classrooms and families.
D4 Lower School Arts Grades JK – 3 At Parker, study of the fine arts is among the essential elements contributing to an individual’s social, intellectual and emotional development. From the visual arts, students discover how the mind works in tandem with the eyes and hands to achieve artistic expression.
D5 Lower School Language Grades JK – 3 Early foreign language exposure helps children develop an appreciation of their own and other cultures, as well as enhancing a child’s primary language development and his/her cognitive skills.
D6 Lower School Science Grades JK – 3 The science laboratory experience in the Lower School introduces students to inquiry as they study, invent, explore and create. Teachers nurture an appreciation for wonder and curiosity as a means to develop insights into everyday phenomena and discover the nature of science.