Core Knowledge

Lehrman Community Day School adopted the Core Knowledge Sequence as a guideline for its specific general studies curricular content. That content, in turn, gives further structure to the skills taught at each level, reviewed and then built upon as children grow.


The Core Knowledge Sequence was developed by E.D. Hirsch, Jr.  Professor Emeritus of Education and Humanities at the University of Virginia, the product of research that produced his renowned Cultural Literacy. In that volume as well as in a large body of publications, Dr. Hirsch  passionately argued that children should be taught a highly specific curriculum consisting of the basic historical, literary and cultural elements that will enable them to participate fully in democratic life. “We will achieve a just and prosperous society only when our schools ensure that everyone commands enough shared knowledge to communicate effectively with everyone else,” Dr. Hirsch has written.


The Core Knowledge curriculum, the small class size, and our talented teachers all mean that we have a challenging program that exceeds state and national core standards. We recognize and nurture each child and help her or him learn and grow to full potential: we want to see each Lehrman student fly as high as possible.


At the core of the K-5 Core Knowledge curriculum are the two strands of American and World History and Geography. When posssible, the subject matter of the humanities: literature and the arts, are integrated into the History topics, as are topics in math and science, to create a unified whole for the student.


The Pre-School Core Knowledge Sequence emphasizes 13 (we have added Jewish Studies and Hebrew to the Foundation's 12) Domains of Learning and Skills in Social, Physical and Emotional Development, Language Development, Numeracy and the Arts as well as Orientation in Time and Space.


See how the Curriculum plays out in each grade by clicking on the appropriate tab above.




First grade art from the Core Knowledge curiculum.

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