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Roycemore School

640 Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60201

(847) 866-6055


Our school provides a supportive, nurturing and personalized environment with small class sizes in order to motivate our students. We strive to inspire our students to do their best and celebrate their individual talents.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Roycemore's Lower School strives to reflect our school's mission of Inspiring Excellence and Celebrating Individuality. Our main goal is to assure an excellent college preparatory education for our students, with a successful transition to Middle School. Differentiation of instruction ensures that all students are challenged at their own levels of achievement. Our Character Education program is taught and emphasized throughout the school day. Children learn how to be a "Roycemore STAR"--Safe, Trustworthy, Appropriate and Respectful--through puppet shows, modeling, books and discussion.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught The children are also involved in cultural and social awareness. For example they learn about the family and their neighborhood and the many cultures of their friends in the classroom.

From the Director:

We believe that each child is special and unique and it is our goal to meet the physical, social, intellectual, and emotional needs of every child. Roycemore students are challenged on their own level, and each child feels successful in his or her own learning.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Roycemore's dedicated teachers provide a challenging curriculum and individual attention to students to advance their knowledge and develop responsibility, self-confidence, discipline, self-respect, and empathy for others. Our "differentiated instruction" challenges students on their own level and provides them with extra support when needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that children learn best by being actively involved in their own learning through a variety of hands-on activities. These activities are meaningful to the children, appropriate for each child's developmental level and are designed to allow each child to progress at his or her own pace."

A Typical Day

Children come into the room and enjoy each others' company in free play. They then come to the carpet for the daily calendar time, where they learn counting, patterning, and many other math skills. Also the teacher writes a letter to the children, which they read together. At some point in the year, she starts to leave some of the words blank and the children fill them in. After calendar, they have a healthy snack provided by the School. They then have center time, which has a literacy center, a math center, and a fine motor center. They are teacher led and within each center, the children are completing tasks on their own levels. For gross motor enhancement, the children have gym with a physical education teacher or recess every day. They also enjoy integrated units of study, which include both science and social studies. Children are taught phonics through a hands-on program called Zoo Phonics, where they use actions to learn letters and sounds. Children are also homogenously grouped for reading and more phonics. Some children read together, while others are playing letter BINGO. They are all being challenged on their own levels. There is much art and music within the classroom, but twice a week, the children meet with a music teacher for that extra learning.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A healthy home-school connection is vital to the success of our students. Through weekly blogs, parent-teacher conferences, and open communication between teachers and parents through phone, email and our "Open Door" policy, parents are always kept informed of the activities, successes and progress of their children.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

If a child has separation anxiety, before school begins, we will have the parent bring the child to school as many times as necessary for him/her to have special one-on-one time with the teacher. This gives the teacher and child time to bond and make that special connection. Once this occurs, the child feels comfortable coming to school and the anxiety disappears.