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Watkins provides a challenging and engaging learning environment for our first through fifth-grade students. Building on the strong foundation laid at Peabody, the school develops well-rounded students who work collaboratively and recognize their role as members of a larger community. The curriculum focuses on critical thinking skills and conceptual math, and teachers emphasize the application of numeracy and literacy to real-world situations. Teachers use multiple methods to teach each skill, and encourage students to explain and discuss their approach to solving problems. Five special subjects – art, music, library, Spanish and physical education – reinforce and enhance the academic curriculum.


Making the Jump to 1st Grade

The jump to 1st grade is a big deal! Watch this video to see how Watkins helps students transition to elementary school, and meet some of the people who make it such a special place.




At Watkins, physical education classes are designed to give all students the building blocks for healthy habits. Lessons are grade-level appropriate. For example, second-grade students had a bicycle unit that culminated in a multi-mile outdoor bike ride.

Watkins also offers after-school sports enrichment options for students in Grades 4-5, including:

  • Archery

  • Basketball (boys & girls)

  • Girls on the Run

  • Outdoor track

  • Skiing


Every year, Watkins fifth graders recite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial, with the entire school in attendance.


Each first Friday of the month, we “Rock the Red” to show our Cluster pride. We encourage students to wear their Cluster tee-shirts or other red apparel. Need a Cluster shirt? Contact the PTA Membership team at: membership@chcspta.org.



Meet Abril Johnson. She is the crossing guard stationed at 12th and D, keeping Watkins families safe every school day.

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