The Lower School program provides students with a firm foundation in essential skills, knowledge, and habits of the mind and heart that will help them to thrive in and positively affect the world around them. It fosters intellectual curiosity, a striving for excellence, a love of the arts, a commitment to active and healthy lives, and a dedication to improving our school, our community, our nation, and countries throughout the world. In a challenging, stimulating, and caring learning environment, teaching is differentiated to address the unique intellectual, social, spiritual, physical, emotional, and artistic gifts and needs of each student.
Strong organizational and cooperative skills are stressed in the Lower School, for they serve students well throughout their years at St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School and beyond. The pursuit of goodness as well as knowledge is at the heart of the Lower School. The Lower School embraces the model of service learning in which students help others while engaging in a process of reflection, self-discovery, and skill-building. Students address needs inside and outside our school community, and the particular needs addressed emanate from the social studies curriculum, as well as from previous successful service endeavors or in response to world events.
Our goal is for students to develop empathy, broaden their perspectives, develop a lifelong passion for service, and gain an understanding of why and how the Episcopal identity and mission of the school call our community to value and practice service. Through the curriculum, classroom discussions, assemblies, chapel services, service-learning endeavors, and strong role modeling from the faculty, students learn and practice the four character traits of the Lower School: honesty, responsibility, respect, and compassion.