Lower School (Grades 1-5)
Lower School students participate in an academic program that provides intellectual stimulation and fosters a joy for learning. Attention is equally paid to the social, emotional and academic needs of children.
Wherever possible, students acquire literacy skills and mathematical understanding through lessons that integrate science, service, and social studies themes. They are challenged to be curious and inventive. They take responsibility for their learning by taking risks and through working with others. All Lower School students study Spanish, take art, music, and theater (string instrument lessons begin in fourth grade), and spend time in the Nature Learning Lab and Innovation Workshop.
Throughout their time in lower school, our students study:
Scientific method, life, earth, physical, and computer sciences
Spanish language and culture
Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Workshop
Words Their Way
History and Geography, including studies of community, diversity, government, immigration, the roots of civilization
Quakerism – The SPICES, peaceful heroes, mindfulness
Music, art, and theater