The Lower School curriculum for students in Grades 1–4 seeks to help each child acquire knowledge and problem-solving skills. A head teacher and an associate teacher lead each class in the Lower School. Our goal is to foster a desire for learning. The curriculum stresses critical thinking, strong work habits, and personal responsibility. We offer a well-planned, sequential course of study in language arts, mathematics, science, Spanish, and social studies. Art, music, technology, and daily physical education enrich our program. All children regularly use the library to find books, to gather information for assignments, and to research topics of interest.
Language arts skills are finely tuned through many different hands-on creative writing projects. By writing and illustrating their own “bare” books every year, all Lower School children become authors.
Lower School students present major and minor plays each year to School assemblies in addition to performing music and creating props for other School events, such as the annual Christmas service of Lessons and Carols.
Teachers encourage students to pursue their individual interests—from playing the violin for one of our “Musical Moments” during Morning Exercises to implementing a concession-stand enterprise—so that our students may grow emotionally, spiritually, and academically.