The Lower School utilizes a balanced literacy approach to reading and writing, as it develops a strong foundation in our young learners. The mathematics approach in Lower School emphasizes conceptual understanding, problem-solving, and the ability to verbalize mathematical thinking. A hands-on science program takes place in dedicated labs, sparking students' natural curiosity for the natural world. The study of social studies, fine arts, Spanish, physical education, and integrated technology round out the Lower School curriculum.
While helping students develop strong academic skills, the Lower School recognizes that social-emotional development is equally important. The Responsive Classroom approach is implemented to create optimal learning conditions for our students and to cultivate positive community for the school and each classroom.
Every Lower School student is known and valued as an individual. Small classes allow teachers to know the learning profile of each student and provide differentiation based on that understanding. With an enrollment of approximately 500 students, the Lower School is a community. Parents, teachers, support faculty, and administrators form relationships and work closely in the best interest of each student.