Our mission begins with our youngest students, where the habits of the mind and heart are established. We emphasize thinking clearly, creatively and critically, expressing oneself effectively, acting in a responsible manner, and becoming a lifelong learner.
Our Lower School fosters intellectual curiosity and a striving for excellence, a love of the arts, a commitment to active and healthy lives, and a dedication to improving the school, the community, and the world. In a stimulating and supportive learning environment, dedicated teachers address the unique intellectual, social, physical, artistic, and spiritual needs of each student. In order to challenge their students fully, faculty members differentiate instruction by employing a rich variety of materials and teaching strategies. They recognize and nurture individual gifts and strengths, and guide each child on an engaging and inspiring educational journey.
Our program provides children with a firm foundation in essential skills and an introduction to abstract intellectual concepts. The Lower School curriculum emphasizes reading, writing and mathematics. Utilizing a cross-curricular approach, students incorporate these academic areas into other ones, such as social studies and science. From the beginning, solid work habits are stressed, providing a foundation for students to learn organizational strategies and to acquire note- and test-taking skills. Teachers differentiate instruction to provide the appropriate level of challenge and support for all students.
Beginning in kindergarten, classes in science, technology, foreign language, performing and visual arts, and physical education complement our students' sound academic foundation. Classroom and special subject teachers work together to integrate skills from multiple subjects. Students are given the opportunity to exhibit their knowledge and understanding at the end of the unit. Parents, faculty, staff and other students are invited to attend these exhibitions, including Spotlight on Authors, the Science, States and Colonial Fairs, and ArtStravaganza.