Independent, Private Elementary School in Baltimore City

The hallmark of The New Century School is teaching 21st-century skills. In our current world, knowing information is less useful than being able to use that information effectively. At TNCS, we guide our students to learn how to obtain information, make sense of it, and apply it in other contexts.

Through the use of inquiry, students receive a thorough grounding in STEM subjects (science, engineering, technology, and mathematics). Music and the visual arts are also part of the daily curriculum, promoting creativity and mindfulness. Multilingualism is another necessary skill in our global world, and our elementary students learn to speak, read, and write fluently in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese in addition to English.

Our progressive elementary program promotes critical independent thinking and makes learning exciting.

Elementary School Areas of Focus

TNCS’s robust elementary program encompasses all disciplines in a challenging, enriching whole.

Literature & Language Arts

  • Appreciation of a variety of literary genres
  • Strong writing skills, including creative writing


  • Hands-on experimentation
  • Exploration of the natural sciences
  • Understanding engineering concepts

World Languages & Cultures

  • Building fluency in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish
  • Teleconferencing to sister schools around the world
  • Geographic knowledge and cultural understanding


  • Real-world problem-solving
  • Algebraic thinking
  • Understanding measurement and data


  • Music history and music appreciation
  • Reading music
  • Playing a musical instrument

Physical Education

  • Promoting fitness, body awareness, and coordination
  • Movement and exercise incorporated throughout the day
  • After-school athletics and team sports


  • Keyboarding and word processing
  • Using mobile devices and web-based tools
  • Collaborating on digital projects


  • Art history and appreciation
  • Utilizing a wide variety of media and techniques
  • Community art projects

Meet with our Admissions Director

Interested in applying to TNCS’s Elementary program?  Come and visit us.

Our differentiated approach recognizes the unique interests, abilities, and engagement of learners.

Elementary School Curriculum: Inquiry-Based Learning Tools

  • Units of Study in Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing
  • Junior Great Books
  • Raz Kids
  • Engineering is Elementary
  • SuccessMaker
  • Singapore Math
  • The Daily 5
  • IXL: Online Math and Language Arts Practice

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