Lower School students possess a boundless capacity for developing higher-level thinking and abstract reasoning, and our academic program supports this premise.
Lower School days are filled with books and stories, mathematical problem solving, and writing. Lively discussions encourage children to understand the relationships and connections between themselves and other students, the community, society, and the environment. They learn to be careful observers and to explore the world around them. When beavers build a dam on campus or the brook floods and a frightened bird abandons its nest, Lower School students can often be found using their observations as a springboard to scientific exploration. Likewise, each grade combines the study of art and music with specially themed, multidisciplinary units that encourage the arts.
World language, specifically Spanish, is taught from kindergarten through fifth grade. Physical education, computer technology, and library classes add breadth and depth to the core curriculum. Opportunities for community service abound. A positive social and civic climate fortifies and balances classroom learning.
Teachers create attractive, relevant programs that simultaneously teach basic skills and complex ideas. Our educators are caring and supportive and look to find the greatness in all of their students. All teachers in the Lower School are trained elementary educators.