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Lower School


Lower School at Independence includes the Early Elementary (Grades 1-3) and Grade 4, the first of two Intermediate Grades (4-5). During these important foundation years of 1st through 4th grade students 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. They learn how to engage with others and with positive, caring character.

In these years, lifelong learning habits are established through instruction and experience that is so much more than the delivery of curriculum. Each student is motivated and challenged at his or her own individual stage of development, thanks in part to our faculty’s deep understanding of how children learn. Students also benefit through the introduction in Lower School of our unique LeApps™ curriculum, which utilizes current brain research to help them understand how learning actually happens.

Christy Koense, Head of Lower School, oversees Grades 1 through 3 and Amy Graham, Head of Middle School, oversees Grade 4. 

Teacher and student interacting in the classroom at the Independence School.