Lower School (K-4th)
In the journey of learning, these are the most important years of all.
As students grow during the Lower School years of Kindergarten through fourth grade, they are transformed from a little learner to a full-fledged student of the world, even if a youthful one. Boys and girls become more comfortable with the process of learning and are willing and able to apply themselves as they grow to understand that they hold the keys to their own success. Students also begin to realize that, while unique to the world, each exists as an interconnected part of a larger whole. They learn how to engage with others and to grow with positive, caring character.
During these years, we prepare students to realize their dreams with a program that combines an excellent academic foundation, creative expression and self-management. In the early elementary years, lifelong learning habits are established through a foundation that is so much more than the delivery of curriculum. Our faculty members not only know how to teach, but through experience and continuous professional growth, they have gained a deep understanding of how children learn and how to motivate and challenge each student at his or her own individual stage of development.
The kindergarten environment is designed to foster learning and creativity through a variety of experiences and the recognition that "play" remains important. As the transition point into the primary grades, classrooms are language-rich and support students as they transform into readers and writers. At the same time, the children are immersed in activities that develop number sense and foundational math concepts. Small group instruction, where groups are fluid and ever changing, is one method used to facilitate the individual and collective growth and needs of the students. Each classroom has an instructional aide who partners with the teacher to ensure the presence of individualized attention.
- Personal and Social Growth
- Literacy and Language Development
- Social Studies
- Fine Motor Skills
- Physical Education
Our sequential curriculum is rich and engaging, inspiring a love for learning during the important elementary years. Teachers employ a range of methods in their classes, including flexible small-group instruction, direct instruction, collaborative learning and project-based learning (PBL). Each year, as children grow and develop, they are given an increasing amount of age-appropriate independence and academic expectations, building a solid foundation for the upcoming transition to Middle School. Learning opportunities such as the Mammal Zoo (first grade) and Patriotic Program (third grade), as well as the Economics Mini Society business session (fourth grade), are just a few examples of how lessons come alive in meaningful and joyful ways.
- Social Studies
- Economics (grade 4)
- Technology Education
- Physical Education/Health
- General Music/Orchestra/Instrumental Music/Choir
Varies according to grade level and interest but may include after-school art, Odyssey of the Mind, FIRST LEGO League, Science Olympiad, Solomon Scholars and more.