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The Tome School is organized into three divisions. The Lower School is comprised of kindergarten and the first four grades of elementary school, the Middle School of grades 5 through 8 and the Upper School of grades 9 through 12. Maximum class size is 14 in kindergarten, 20 students in grades 1-8, and 25 in 9-12. Students follow a dress and grooming code, which includes a school uniform.

The Tome curriculum is designed to provide a broad liberal arts background, sufficient to meet the requirements of any college or university a student may choose to attend.

We stress the importance of communicating in the written form with all students taking composition. This emphasis on writing is evident in our Middle School curriculum where students take literature, grammar, and composition as three distinct classes. In the Upper School, Tome students graduate with four credits in composition and four in literature.

The school expects high standards of personal behavior from its students, as well as a demonstrated interest in academic success and a desire to participate fully in the life of the school. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the many opportunities available.

Lower School (Kindergarten – Grade 4)

The Lower School classes are self-contained, with each class being assigned to one teacher for all instruction, except in such non-academic areas as art, music, library, physical education and technology. Kindergarten is an academic experience with formal reading attack skills consuming most of the learning time. The phonics method is used in reading instruction. In grades 1 through 4, classroom subjects taught are reading, spelling, mathematics, handwriting, science, and social studies. Lower School students typically have physical education weekly, in addition to classes in art, health, music, technology, French, Spanish and library.

Kindergarten

Our focus is on formal reading attack skills using the phonics method, math, health, science lab, art, library, physical education, music, and Chinese.

Grades 1 – 4

Curriculum focuses on reading, spelling, math, writing, science, social studies, physical education, art, technology, library, French and Spanish, health, music, science lab, engineering (gr 3) and creative movement (gr. 1-2).

Middle and Upper Schools (Grades 5 – 12)

The Middle and Upper Schools are departmentally organized. Students move from teacher to teacher for the different subjects in the curriculum. The day is divided into seven periods, plus a lunch period. Six periods are for academic instruction; one is recreational. Class periods are 50 minutes long and all subjects meet daily.

A student who successfully completes the Upper School curriculum will present 24 academic credits to colleges – eight in English and four each in history, mathematics, science and foreign language.  In addition, students may take AP exams and/or take advantage of dual enrollment options with Cecil Community College and the University of Delaware. Virtually all graduates go on to college.

  • Grade 5: grammar, composition, literature, Latin, math, science, American History I, physical education, art, chorus, orchestra, and technology
  • Grade 6: grammar, composition, literature, Latin, math 6 or intro to algebra, general science, geography, physical education, art, technology, chorus, orchestra, robotics, chess, It’s Academic
  • Grade 7: grammar/Latin, composition, literature, pre-algebra or intro to algebra or Algebra 1, life science, world history, physical education, art, technology, chorus, orchestra, robotics, chess, It’s Academic
  • Grade 8: grammar/Latin, composition, literature, intro to algebra or Algebra I or geometry, Introductory Physical Science, American History II, physical education, art, technology, chorus, orchestra, robotics, chess, It’s Academic, financial literacy
  • Grade 9: Composition 9, Ancient Literature, Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 or geometry, French 1, Spanish 1 or Latin 1, Ancient History, Biology, physical education
  • Composition 10, American Literature, Geometry or Algebra 2, French 2 or Spanish 2, Latin 2, Environmental Science or Chemistry, World History
  • Grade 11: Composition 11, British Literature, Algebra 2 or Pre-calculus, French 3, Latin 3 or Spanish 3, Chemistry or Physics, US History
  • Grade 12: Composition 12, World Literature, Precalculus or Calculus, Statistics, French 4, Spanish 4, French 1, Spanish 1 or Latin 1, Physics, Government/Economics, Adv. Biology, Environmental Science

For Upper School students, 7th period elective classes are not for credit and include art, PE, yearbook, literary magazine, school newspaper, Envirothon, Drama, and others. All students much successfully pass Physical Education and Health class to qualify for graduation.