Once upon a time, elementary education was like being on a tour bus. You watched as subjects passed by and you tried to remember what you saw. Times have changed, though—nowhere more than at SSSAS, where the Lower School experience is interactive, interdisciplinary, and invigorating. Children are agents of their own learning, making choices, asking questions, exploring deeply, and reflecting on their experiences.
Curricula in each subject, like Singapore Math and Reading and Writing Workshop, are carefully chosen to engage students and maximize essential skill development. But learning, like life, doesn’t always fit neatly into boxes, so lessons routinely cross disciplinary boundaries to provide the real-world context that makes learning meaningful. Faculty members differentiate instruction through a variety of materials and strategies. It’s all part of optimizing students’ intellectual, social, emotional, physical, artistic, and spiritual development.
We pride ourselves on being nimble, adapting and embracing new ideas in the best interests of students. Much of this is made possible by the schedule and our innovative X Days—days set aside for X-ploration, X-perimentation, and yes, X-citement. Lower schoolers take off-campus trips and work together, with projects ranging from an archaeological dig to the Rolling Rhombus. On the latter, a retrofitted bus that brings third–fifth graders to local preschools, students are not tourists but active participants, playing math games, practicing Spanish, and getting to know their community firsthand.
No wonder that our lower schoolers are well prepared to learn happily ever after.