The First Grade instructional program at Horizon Heights is committed to helping each child meet the academic and intellectual competencies expected at this grade level and to helping each child become active, engaged learners in a classroom setting. The first grade program builds on skills and knowledge children have learned in Kindergarten and at home. It encourages critical thinking, creativity, and respect for self and others. The manner of instruction—motivation, grouping, pacing, reinforcing and reteaching—is determined by each teacher as he or she works to meet individual student needs. Expectations are, of course, modified or expanded to meet a child's needs and abilities.