Technology, Libraries & Research

Park Day School is located within walking distance of the Temescal and Rockridge branch libraries. As a school that believes that impactful learning experiences take place in the larger community, we prioritize bringing students off campus to our city libraries for large scale research projects.

Park Day School is philosophically aligned with Nancie Atwell’s “Reading Zone” which encourages schools to build spaces that allow for libraries in each classroom, so that students are surrounded by books. Each classroom has its own library of “just right” age-appropriate books that students select from with guidance from their teacher. We have classroom libraries in every classroom K-6, and 7th & 8th grade share one extensive Library space in the Magnolia Building. K-2nd graders visit our on-campus Little Library 2-4 times a month to practice library skills and expand their reading range.

Reading every night is part of the homework expectation for all students, K-8. Choosing new books from our classroom or community libraries is a key part of our learning to love reading process!

At Park Day School, student use of technology is viewed as a path to a wider understanding of, and engagement with, the world. Technology is a tool, and is used in a purpose driven way to further student learning. iPads may be used during 1st grade math centers, and students learn how to use Google Slides for presentations as early as 1st and 2nd grades. In 3rd grade, Chromebooks are introduced at school, and are used for drafting Story Plays, final projects, and more. Typing homework begins in 3rd grade, and continues through 5th grade. In Middle School, each student is assigned a Chromebook that stays at school, and is theirs to use regularly during class as directed by their teachers. Middle School students learn to organize their workload using the online tool, Jupiter, as well as with paper planners.

Park Day School partners with outside organizations including Common Sense Media regarding digital citizenship. personal cyber safety, and cyber literacy. At every grade level there are lessons, discussions, and touchpoints about analyzing sources paired with scaffolding that guides inquiry and research habits while preparing work. Watch the videos below to hear alumni talk about research and study skills and faculty talk about our approach to technology.