Lower School (PK-5)

Our Lower School is a place where children’s natural curiosity and thirst for knowledge is supported and encouraged by professional, caring adults. Using inquiry-driven, hands-on, project-based learning, children build foundation skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. We inspire students to be intellectual risk takers and resilient learners.

Play is the work of childhood and is intentionally integrated into each child's day in the Lower School. We celebrate curiosity, collaboration, and the joy of discovery. It is through play that children experiment, investigate, and negotiate both socially and emotionally.

Spanish

All students in our Lower School are exposed to the Spanish language and cultures through songs, puppets, storytelling, games, and Total Physical Response. Our foreign language curriculum focuses on the use of comprehensible input and repetition to provide students with ample opportunities to engage naturally with language.

Library

Our Lower School library program develops a community of readers who appreciate literature. Through regularly scheduled library classes students become comfortable with varied sources of information, learn to interpret and analyze literature, and hone their critical reading skills. The Lower School library is a resource that is available to all members of our community.

Art

Our Lower School art program is designed to accentuate the natural creativity found in every student and enhance their artistic development through the use of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpting, and mixed-media. The elements and principles of art production, arts history and culture, criticism and aesthetics are discussed within each lesson.

Music

Lower School music classes build a solid understanding of musical notation, progressing from symbolic notation to standard notation by the third grade. This lays the foundation for the instrumental music program in fourth grade, when students have the opportunity to begin lessons on band and orchestra instruments.

Lower School students participate in two concerts a year, performing on Orff instruments, hand chimes, and recorders as well as Lower School Ensemble and Chorus.

Physical Education

The emphasis of the Lower School Physical Education program (kindergarten through fifth grade) is to help develop the whole child. The program encompasses psychomotor, cognitive and effective domains that promote physical growth, fitness, and coordination. Physical activity is the mode in which learning takes place. Many of the program’s goals and educational philosophy of creative movement are followed from kindergarten through fifth grade. Classes consist of imaginary play (lower levels), basic skills and organized games leading towards team sport, while emphasizing wholesome play. Each year’s acquired skills are cumulative, and as students graduate to the next grade level, a higher level of performance is expected.

Literacy Support

Our Literacy Support Specialist works with children in grades one through five. This teacher works with individuals, in small groups and is integrated into the classroom to support reading and writing fluency, reading comprehension, and spelling skills. The Literacy Support Specialist works closely with each classroom teacher throughout the year to assure that each child is appropriately challenged and supported in reading and writing.

Mrs. Kari Miller
Head of Lower School


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