Early Childhood Education – 5th Grade

MUSE Global School will be offering in-person instruction starting Fall 2021 for Early Childhood Education through 5th Grade. We are excited to welcome students back to our beautiful campus located in Calabasas, California.

About MUSE Global School
Calabasas, California

MUSE Global School is inspired by the award winning MUSE School and an in-person extension of MUSE Virtual. It is an internationally recognized, award-winning school, a high-performance learning lab that focuses on eco-literacy and serves as a beacon of sustainable living and design founded in 2006 by Suzy Amis Cameron and her husband, James Cameron.

Our in-person school encompasses Early Childhood Education through 5th grade students that will experience MUSE Global School’s Five Pillar Approach to learning – Academics, Passion-Based Learning, Communication, Self-Efficacy and Sustainability. We teach the whole child – focusing on more than academics. Each grade level is designed for your student to thrive!

Our Five Pillars serve as the educational philosophy guiding all that we do and all that our students learn. MUSE Global has created standards or educational milestones for each grade within each of the Five Pillars.

the five pillars
Self Efficacy
Five Pillars


Teachers at every grade level cover core subjects, including math, science, language arts, social studies, history, etc. Grade level knowledge is based on standards which have been approved by The Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Passion-Based Learning

Inspiring students to engage in their passions. MUSE infuses Passion- Based Learning with Core Academics to create learning opportunities that are challenging, individualized and unique. Students are encouraged through their interests and passions to learn at a deep and meaningful level.


Self-efficacy is defined as “my belief in my ability to be successful by accessing my open, resourceful and persistent skill sets.” Research shows that a student’s belief in their ability to succeed directly relates to being successful.


Preparing students to effectively communicate with an ever-evolving world. MUSE uses the Process Communication Model (PCM), a platform to help students and teachers assess, connect, motivate others, understand behavior, communicate effectively and resolve conflict.


Sustainability standards in each grade level are studied and practiced at MUSE Virtual in a tangible way. Students collaborate on solution-oriented projects and attend specialized weekly classes. They explore and examine sustainability from an internal, school, and global perspective.

Other benefits of MUSE Global School:



Breathtaking campus located in the Santa Monica mountains



Delicious plant-based lunches prepared by an in-house Chef


Greenest Kitchen Award – MUSE Global School Kitchen



Sparking creative thought and igniting passions for all students



Solar panel sun flowers offset 75 to 90 percent of energy use



Afterschool Enrichment Programs & Afterschool Care




MUSE Global Schools’ Early Childhood Education Program is for children 2.3 – 5 years of age. This incompases Early Childhood, Early Kindergarten and Kindergarten. MUSE’s unique program is based on child centered, play based learning and principals of individual personalities and community.

About our Early Childhood Education
Our program is centered around passion-based projects. ECE students have opportunities to explore, hypothesize, question and discuss their passions and interests while teachers facilitate, observe and document. Teacher’s observations, combined with student input, create the basis for our unique approach to curriculum, which we call Passion-Based Learning. It is the children’s ideas and passions that guide individual and classroom projects. Our goal is to discover and deeply understand each child, including what they love, and how they learn best.

Students are introduced to beginning literacy, math, and science concepts — all in a warm, nurturing environment. Students have weekly enrichment courses including Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Gardening, Seed To Table, and Outdoor Education.

ECE Program Age Specifics:
The placement of children into classrooms is based on the age of the child by September 1st.
All students must be potty trained and fully vaccinated.

Ages as of September 1, 2021
Early Childhood Class: 2.3 – 3.7 (two years three months – three years seven months)
Early Kindergarten: 3.8 – 5 years (three years eight months – five years)
Kindergarten: 5 years and up


Through stories and songs, we are encouraging a rapidly growing vocabulary in our Early Childhood Classroom. Students are able to engage in a conversation and use their language to express their wants and goals. ECC students are becoming active listeners who engage and can maintain focus during a Morning Meeting or Circle Time.

Our youngest MUSE students are gaining a love of literacy through stories, songs, and poems. They are gaining meaning through hearing stories read aloud and are encouraged to share their observations about a particular story. ECC Students are beginning to recognize letters in print and can recognize the letters in their own name. They are beginning to create “letter-like” designs on paper and are encouraged to make pictures that represent an idea.

ECC Students can count and recognize numbers 1-10 in print. They are taught that numbers represent quantity through puzzles, games, and hands-on activities. Through hands-on opportunities with our classroom manipulatives, students work on recognizing and putting together simple shapes, and creating simple patterns.

Through hikes and adventures around our MUSE campus, our youngest students are introduced to the natural world and encouraged to make observations and comparisons about their environment. Students are given opportunities to ask “who,” “what,” “why,” and “how” questions.

Social Studies
Learning how to play and communicate is truly at the center of what we do within the ECC classroom. Our goal is for students to feel confident within the MUSE community. Students work on separating from parents and transitioning easily through the day and are encouraged to consistently share their thoughts and feelings through classroom discussions and one-on-one “check-ins” with friends.


EK Students are beginning to make reflective connections and engage in active conversations with teachers and peers. They are encouraged to express their opinions and feelings when engaging with friends. Students in EK will ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information or clarify something that is not understood. Through consistent journaling, students are dictating stories for teachers to write down.

Our EK Students are gaining pre-reading skills through daily read-alouds and interactive circle times. Students are encouraged to attempt to retell a story that has been read and ask and answer questions about a text.

These students are strengthening their phonological awareness by beginning to recognize and write upper case letters and their sounds. They are able to create drawings with distinctive shapes and symbols that represent their thoughts or ideas.

EK students can count and recognize numbers 1-30 in print. They are learning to create simple patterns and geometric shapes using paper as well as hands-on manipulatives. The students are gaining an understanding of the concept of measurement through using non-standard units learning the idea of “more” and “less.”

The EK students are becoming inquisitive thinkers who are gaining an understanding of the Scientific Method. Through exploring new materials and textures, classroom experiments, and campus explorations, students are encouraged to make observations and predictions. Students are beginning to understand the natural world through exploring different habitats and the qualities specific to living things.

Social Studies
The EK students are gaining confidence in themselves and their role within the school community. They participate in classroom jobs and help in creating the classroom agreements. These students are encouraged to notice diversity in human characteristics and celebrate the differences between themselves and their peers.


Through classroom discussions, Kindergarten students are able to produce and expand complete sentences in shared language activities. They can confidently ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information or clarify something that is not understood. Students are beginning to demonstrate understanding of frequently occurring verbs and adjectives by relating them to their opposites. The kindergarteners can follow agreements for discussions (e.g., listening to others and taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion).

Kindergarten students are truly diving into the world of literacy as they begin to recognize different genres of literacy. They are able to recognize the relationship between illustrations and text and can compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in different stories. With prompting and support, students are able to identify the reasons an author gives to support points in a text.

The Kindergarteners are beginning to read and can recognize and write upper and lower case letters. They are able to associate long and short vowel sounds in common words and are beginning to read age appropriate texts. Students are using a combination of drawing, dictating and writing to compose opinion, informative, and narrative pieces.

Kindergarten students are strengthening their number skills as they practice counting to 100 by 1s and 10s, count forward beginning from a given number within the known sequence, and identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group. They are beginning to grasp the concept of estimation through work with tangible manipulatives. The Kindergarteners are able to identify 2D and 3D shapes and are beginning to put shapes together to build complex structures.

Kindergarten students are beginning to understand that some materials are changeable. They conceptualize that water can be a liquid or a solid and can be made to change back and forth from one form to another, and that changes in weather occur from day to day and across seasons, affecting the Earth and people. Through science experiments and journaling, students are communicating observations orally and through drawings.

Social Studies
Kindergarten students are beginning to hone their map skills as they determine the relative locations of objects using the terms near/far, left/right, and behind/ in front. They can distinguish land and water on maps and globes and are encouraged to construct maps and models of their own neighborhood. They are gaining confidence in their role within the MUSE community and are able to understand and appreciate the roles of other members of the community, as well.


“I have not run across anyone whose child has a more organized and/or comprehensive remote school program than MUSE. That includes public and private schools. MUSE is amazing and it is great for the kids academically, socially, and actually I think mentally too. The teachers and the curriculum are outstanding, as always. Thank you all so much. Health and wellness to you and your families.”

— Selena, 9th Grade Parent

“My husband and I are so grateful for everything you are doing for your students. In-person learning is so impressive and you create so much joy for the kids. Our boys are so happy to see you, their friends, and have fun on the lessons. Thank you for being you!”

— Maria, 1st and 4th Grade Parent

“I am so grateful for you and how you’re bringing the kids together and continuing their learning through all of this, with ease and fun and just going over and beyond. It means a lot to us.”

— Stephanie, Kinder Parent

“Our favorite thing about Muse Global School is the engagement the teachers bring to every day. From the beginning of Muse’s journey the staff have a unique engaging quality about the education they offer. Nobody saw 2020 coming, but Muse seemed to be ready for the challenge.”

— Adam, 6th and 9th Grade Parent



First grade students become avid readers! In first grade, students will develop a deeper understanding of books they read by identifying key details and features across a variety of texts. Students meet in daily reading groups where they receive individualized instruction to improve reading comprehension and fluency. First graders put their words on paper to tell stories, express opinions and share information. They gain practice in the writing process by rereading, editing, and through peer collaboration.

First grade mathematicians grow their number sense and operations. Students will work with adding and subtracting double digit numbers and understanding place value up to the hundreds place. Students will begin to see see how math concepts learned in school can be applied to real world situations by using their skills to solve addition and subtraction story problems. Through inquiry and hands on exploration, students will also develop skills in measurement and data as well as geometry.

Our first grade scientists will explore physical, life and earth sciences. Students explore solids, liquids and gases and the properties of each state. They study animals and their habitats, plants, and weather. First graders learn to record data from their experiments and investigations by creating bar graphs and drawing diagrams to portray their observations.

Social Studies
First graders learn historical connections, map skills, economics, and government. They study significant people and places, symbols and holidays of their nation and communities. Students also learn to read and construct simple maps.


MUSE second graders are thriving readers! In second grade students begin picking their own independent reading books about their passions and interests. In second grade, students participate daily in small groups to build fluency and comprehension partner reading as well as collaborating in partner book studies. Second grade students also enjoy exploring the writing process through a daily “Writer’s Workshop.” Students learn to express their ideas on paper, take feedback from peers during the editing process, publish their writing and become proud authors.

Second grade students love exploring numbers and growing their place value knowledge. Second grade students focus on growing their number concepts and mathematical calculations of numbers 101-1,000! Through hands-on opportunities with our classroom manipulatives, students learn to count money, tell time to the minute, solve word problems, and solve multi-stepped addition and subtraction problems.

Second grade students explore physical, life and earth sciences. Through hikes and adventures around our MUSE campus, second graders begin discussing rock types, land formations, soils and the physical attributes of plants. Second grade students also learn to conduct research experiments and walk through the steps of the scientific method. Students also enjoy exploring the forces of motion, gravity’s attributes and magnetism.

Social Studies
Historical connections, map skills, economics and government guide the second grade social studies curriculum. Students engage in lessons about local and state government and how bills become laws. They also enjoy learning to read and create maps. Students love learning about the people, places and policies of the past. They conduct their own independent research projects about International and American influencers of the twentieth century.


The third graders at MUSE embark on a literacy journey through both reading and writing activities. During the third grade year, students transition from learning to read to reading to learn. The third graders begin to think critically about elements of fiction and nonfiction, and develop a variety of comprehension strategies. The students also strengthen their foundation of writing by sharing their ideas, interests, and passions. They will also practice the writing process including editing and revising.

Third grade students develop their number sense and build on their mathematical knowledge to learn new, complex concepts. Multiplication strategies are taught through hands on learning and applied to other skills. From division and fractions to telling time and measurement, the third grade students actively learn with manipulatives, games, projects, and a developing growth mindset!

Third grade students enjoy a variety of science including physical, life, and earth sciences. Using our very own MUSE campus as our science lab, students discover the states of matter, forms of energy, the Sun, and the Solar System. Third graders conduct experiments using the scientific method and explore the world around them.

Social Studies
The third graders take a glimpse of our California and United States history through our MUSE social studies program. Students explore the physical geography and maps of Southern California. They study the local Native tribes who once lived in our very own valleys, and they also research the beginnings of the United States highlighting the courageous individuals who paved the way for our freedoms.


Our fourth graders are busy growing their abilities as readers and writers. In our literary studies, students are exploring the structural elements of poems and dramas, comparing and contrasting point-of-view, and making connections in regards to themes and patterns of events. Fourth grade students also work hard to make inferences, utilize academic language, and pull evidence from informational text. In the area of writing, fourth graders continue their practice with opinion, explanatory, and narrative writing, while also working toward writing five-paragraph essays.

MUSE fourth graders are passionate about our math explorations! Through engaging, hands-on activities, students continue to solidify their understanding and fluency with multiplication and division, along with geometric measurement. They also work hard to develop a strong grasp of fractions, including comparing fractions, generating equivalent fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions.

Our fourth grade students are natural scientists! Throughout the year they delve into the world of physical science as they explore energy and light reflection. In earth science, we investigate rock formations, fossils, and weathering through observation and measurement. Lastly, from the structure of plants to the classification of mammals, our life science studies keep MUSE students engaged and passionate about the world around them.

Social Studies
Fourth grade students at MUSE learn the story of their home state, unique in American history in terms of its vast and varied geography, its waves of immigration, its continuous diversity, economic energy, and rapid growth. Students will expand their map skills as they plot and identify locations and characteristics throughout California. They will also examine the effects of the Gold Rush on settlements, daily life, politics, and the economy.


MUSE fifth graders are enthusiastic readers and writers. In fifth grade, students read and analyze a variety of genres including poetry, narratives, informational texts and more. They read to learn new information, strengthen their critical thinking skills, and develop their own writing craft. Students participate in weekly fluency practice, vocabulary studies, and become active readers through annotating text and posing and answering their own comprehension questions. Fifth graders participate in collaborative novel studies, independent reading, learn how to conduct research and navigate through credible sources. Students express themselves and show what they know in writing through journal entries, opinion pieces, narratives, and informational text. Students begin to take ownership of the writing process by experimenting with different ways of brainstorming, drafting, peer editing, revising and publishing their work.

In fifth grade, students directly explore measurement through U.S. customary units and the Metric System during hands-on experiments and passion-based projects. Fifth graders learn to gather and interpret data collections. Number and Operations in Base Ten is expressed through a myriad of real-world situations. In Fifth Grade, students are developing math fluency through the multiplication, division, addition and subtraction of fractions. Students’ understanding of mathematical concepts are strengthened through researched thematic projects. Geometry is explored in volume with real life activities and demonstrations. Data sets with graphing of student interest topics are calculated and translated to inventive grids. The foundations of being a mathematical learner is highly influenced by Jo Boaler. Students learn how to approach mathematical concepts with an open mindset and an understanding that failing forward can lead to positive growth.

At MUSE School, fifth graders are inquisitive, innovative, experiential learners. Students engage in science concepts through Scientific Inquiry and hands on experiences. Students enjoy making their own discoveries and have many “aha moments” that they share with their classmates. Through Biodiversity, students explore Life Sciences discovering Plant Life and Water. Fifth graders take excursions to local water recycling plants, watersheds and study about campus groundwater. Earth Sciences are explored through the understanding of the Solar System/NASA and Weather. Students are introduced into the Physical Science elements. Fifth graders study the human body and learn about the digestion and the circulatory system. Mentorships from the local community give a real world understanding to science research and discoveries. The campus’s natural beauty and geographical location give students an outdoor perspective and hands-on experiments to inquire, test and learn. The school’s philosophy of One Meal A Day is incorporated into student learning through the school’s gardens, repurposing of materials, composting and our Waterflow of Naturally Filtered Water.

Social Studies
Fifth graders start off the year learning about Pre-Columbian settlements and Native Americans’ way of life. Students learn about the explorers and the technological developments made during European colonization. Throughout fifth grade social studies lessons, students engage in geographical study through map making and identifying water and land routes of the explorers. Fifth graders get to experience what life was like during the development of the 13 colonies all the way up to the American Revolution through a historical fiction novel study. Students enjoy developing their own opinions, thoughts, or feelings about historical content and sharing with their peers. Fifth graders spend time learning about the start of the U.S. government. Students conduct studies analyzing the meaning and purpose of the Articles of Confederation, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution. They learn about the three branches of government and the fundamental principles of American constitutional democracy. Students enjoy learning about the 50 states as they create their own maps and make connections between what they learned in class, their personal travels, and the United States.


One of the many things that sets MUSE Global School apart from other online learning private schools, is our special elective courses available to students. This is what sparks creative thought and provides an outlet of imagination that students of all ages crave.


Between our Prime and Upper Campuses, MUSE has over 100 raised garden beds constructed with reclaimed materials. Students choose the plant varieties they want to grow, then sow, tend, and harvest produce for the MUSE Kitchen and MUSE’s community restaurant partners. Gardening opportunities range from one-on-one projects with the Seed-to-Table Director and the Garden Educator to group projects involving several students and members of the community.

Visual Arts

MUSE Arts curriculum includes exercises that develop skill such as artistic perception, creative expression, and aesthetic value. As skills improve, art classes incorporate different techniques and mediums. Student engage in reflection and observation of how and why art is created in different cultures.

Performing Arts

The MUSE Performing Arts Program gives our students the opportunity to engage in all aspects of theater and film, including acting, writing, directing, design, editing, dance and vocal performance. By encouraging students to explore the performing arts, not only do we aim to create informed and skilled theater / filmmakers, but instill self-confidence, imagination, team work, empathy, concentration and communication skills, while providing a fun and often much needed emotional outlet.

World Language

Bonjour! Hola! MUSE offers French and Spanish to fifth grade through twelfth grade students. World Language teachers focus on pronunciation, vocabulary, applications, reading and writing. In addition to the language, teachers expose students to the culture of the countries that speak the language. In Addition to world language classes, MUSE offers Spanish Exploration to ECE students, ECC-Kinder.

Outdoor Education

Outdoor education is ever-present at MUSE School. Our campuses are designed to encourage outdoor exploration and discovery daily. Teachers use our “outdoor classroom” as an environmental preference for study, as well as inspirational motivation for students.

Our Outdoor Education program includes (2) off campus trips per year for all grades. Our students travel to locations around California which include day trips and overnights for the MHS campus. These trips encourage team building as well as special activities which promote community and self-efficacy. MUSE students are an integral part of the planning of these trips. Students help design the menu, plan packing lists, purchase food and assist teachers in designing the schedule of curriculum.

In addition to class trips, MUSE Prime students meet once a week with the Outdoor Director to engage in on campus activities such as hiking, climbing the rock wall, swimming, skating all while developing team building skills.


MUSE Global School—Calabasas private school tuition is listed below for Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten through 5th Grade. You have various payment options available—please contact Admissions Director, Matt Cordish to discuss the right plan for your family. Discounted tuition is available.

Early Childhood Education & Early Kindergarten (TK)

Kindergarten – 5th Grade


The admissions process is simple. Take a few minutes to complete the steps below to get started. Should you have any questions along the way, feel free to message Matt Cordish, our Director of Admissions. He will be happy to walk you through the process.


Please visit Matt Cordish’s Calendly and schedule a 30 minute call. During this call, Matt will discuss MUSE Global School and the application process.



Complete the Student Inquiry Form


Start the Application Process –
There is a $100.00 fee to submit the completed application. Once the application is submitted, please submit the previous two (2) years of academic records for your student, and one (1) teacher recommendation (academic records and teacher recommendations only required for students applying to 1st-5th grades). All application materials are due before scheduling the Student Intake and Parent Interview.


Schedule the Student Intake and Parent Interview as directed by the Director of Admissions.

“The relationship between teacher and student is imperative to a child’s academic success — and is more crucial now, than ever, as young people everywhere are grappling with an increasingly uncertain future. We strongly believe that our MUSE Global Schools platform provides students and families with a consistent, supportive, and thoughtful education model that so many are currently seeking.”

— Suzanne McClure, Director of MUSE Virtual

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