Elementary Foundations is our commitment to challenging Kindergarten through 5th grade students academically while sparking a love of learning for a lifetime.


Our Elementary Foundations approach brings foundational basics to life through engaged learning and hands-on projects in a loving environment. An average school day may involve a balance of direct instruction with hands on learning. Students may be building simple machines with weights and pulleys, experimenting with states of matter in our science lab, or planting a garden outside to learn about the life cycle of plants - and eating the "fruits" of our labor. We may study animal life cycles by caring for meal worms and observing which habitat helps them grow faster and hammer nails into boards to learn about force. On any given day, a walk outside or sidewalk chalk long division may become the "classroom." 

Our classes are small, focused, and diverse. We encourage students to build solid friendships share and respect each other's viewpoints. We take time to engage each student, challenge critical thinking, and bring foundational skills to life through meaningful discussions.

We recognize that reading is integrated through all subjects. We use a balanced literacy approach in all grades. Kids are learning to read in grades K-2 and there is a strong emphasis on phonics. Students are exposed to a variety of genres and time is provided for reading aloud by the teacher or silent reading times for the students. In grades 3-5, the emphasis shifts so students are reading to learn.  Novel studies and more complex texts are utilized with multiple strategies employed to deepen the understanding and sharpen their critical thinking skills. We provide many incentives to encourage a love of reading including  Accelerated Reader, Pizza Hut Book It!, Six Flags Read to Succeed, reading logs, Scholastic Book Fairs, and more! Students must read across content areas and fluent readers typically perform better in all other subjects. 


At Smoke Rise Prep, we nurture basic skills, critical thinking, self confidence, and take a personal investment in each child. With small class sizes and a highly qualified teacher, your child is in good hands!