Primary students are part of a compassionate K-3rd grade classroom of six to eight students. After a sensory regulating morning hike and small group activities, students work from 10 am- noon on individualized academics. All students participate in read a loud, circle time, and have individualized spelling, a paragraph of the week with reading and writing activities, Reading for Information is taught through Science and Social Studies. Students use the Visualization & Verbalization and Handwriting without Tears programs. Math is taught conventionally and with manipulatives as well as the Brick Math curriculum, which utilizes visual workbooks and Legos to build math skills and comprehension for grades K-8. Students are taught to use a binder system to promote executive functioning skills, which is a ladder to all other levels at JLSA. Parents are asked to help students establish a daily reading routine at home and have access to IXL for additional online skill practice as as option. Students who need additional reading support will receive one on one or small group tutoring. Students are provided with a Bookshare account, which gives free access to almost any book a young reader could imagine with options for enlarged text, highlighting and audio modifications.


Students enjoy lunch outdoors with the whole school, and participate in two afternoon classes. Throughout the week students will have enrichment Science, Civics & Geography, Foreign Language, Theater, Art, Music, Project (Entrepreneurial: Native Plant Business), in groups of 8-10 students with mentorship from older students. Fridays rotate experiential learning programs such as; Legofest, CLAWS rescued animals, Traveling Tortoise live reptile program, Outdoor Education, Shoreline Clean Up (Environmental Stewardship) and group photography challenges. Primary students are big personalities who through eagerness and a passion for learning, benefit from a big day at school.