Driscoll is the only elementary school to offer Mandarin Chinese in its K-8 World Language program. All children in Grades K-6 study Chinese but those in Grades 7 and 8 may elect Chinese or Spanish as their World Language. Starting in the 2010-2011 school year, Driscoll will house the K-8 system language-based program. The Landmark School Outreach Program will provide coaching support and professional development for staff members during the first year of this program’s expansion.
The Driscoll School
Driscoll holds several events and programs throughout the year. In addition to events that honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate the Chinese New Year, Driscoll holds an annual “Arts Equinox,” a three-day all-school arts festival; a school-wide Writing Festival; visiting author series, under the auspices of the Susan Lewis Cooper Children’s Authors Program; and a monthly “Community Meeting” assembly for the children in Grades K-3.
Parents and teachers work together in many significant ways, with the PTO and School Council being two of the more formal organizations. The PTO is very active and organizes numerous events, including an annual School Fair, the Driscoll Auction, and a series of other family events. The PTO also supports many after school programs that include an extensive after school program that includes robotics program in Grades 5-8. The School Council is pursuing three main topics this year: an examination of inclusion, improvement of our systems of communication, and the creation of an across grade social curriculum.