In the first grade, students are introduced to the school uniform, to testing, and to the structure of the traditional classroom. Learning progresses from this point through a sequential, self-reinforcing curriculum designed to challenge the student by introducing familiar but increasingly advanced concepts.
Emphasis in grades one through five is on fundamental subjects: reading, handwriting, English grammar, vocabulary, and composition. Reading and spelling are taught using phonics. Students are also introduced to history, geography, and Spanish language study, and science. Learning also occurs outside the classroom as students travel on field trips to various places of historical, geographical, literary and scientific merit which are integral to the subjects they are studying.
Mathematics is taught every day. Physical education classes, held three times per week, are also included, as is optional instruction in the Roman Catholic faith as part of the WCDS Religious Studies program. Art and music classes are offered twice a week, and weekly lessons in library and computer keyboarding round out the course of instruction.
As part of the school's public speaking program, all classes prepare performances for weekly Assemblies throughout the year. These performances include, recitations of famous speeches or poems, enactments of historical events, dramatic presentations of scenes from literature studied in classes, and/or celebrations of seasonal holidays with songs and traditional dances.