The Lower School: Grades 1-5

Central to these early grades is fostering a love for learning and inquiry. Field Study opportunities in horticulture, marine biology, engineering, agriculture, and environmental science complement an academic program focused on the mastery of fundamental skills and learning to think critically.

  • Reading fluency and comprehension, spelling, vocabulary, writing letters, sentences, and paragraphs are central to the Lower School experience, as learning to decode language is essential to success in all subjects. Similarly, students further discover their fluency in mathematics, mastering the foundational principles of arithmetic - addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

  • Lower School students enjoy frequent recesses and continue to develop their knowledge and skills in Spanish, technology, library, physical education, field study, and music. Relevant to this developmental stage, a considerable amount of time is dedicated to building healthy friendships and social and emotional wellness.

  • The teachers work together to provide a safe learning environment in which every child feels comfortable taking risks and learning from mistakes. Students are given many opportunities to practice positive decision-making strategies in academic and social settings.

  • The goal is to create a supportive atmosphere that will help all students realize their potential and prepare them to enter Middle School with the ability to face difficult challenges, think independently, make wise decisions, be open to others’ opinions, and be comfortable in their own skin.

Learn more about the hallmarks of each grade in the Lower School below!

Core Courses

Enriched Classes

Art

Media Studies

Music

Physical Education