Jack Hall '14, University of Virginia '18

Developing relationships with teachers was one of the most important parts of my SSSAS experience.

Establishing the habits of mind and heart

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.

Intellectual Curiosity

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.

Curriculum

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.

Specials beyond the Core

Beginning in kindergarten, classes in science, technology, modern and classical 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.

Lower School Enrichment

In addition to a full academic program, Lower School students may participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. A wide array of age-appropriate fun and educational programs are offered each trimester. Based on the interests of students, recent program offerings include Archery, Artcycle, Builders Club, Chess Club, Coding & Robots, Dance, Drama, Fencing, Fun Fitness, Games en Español, International Cooking, Kitchen Science, Lego Challenge, Math Games, Jr. Rocket Design, Saintswarts Wizardry, Self-Defense, Strategy Games, STEM, and Yoga. These activities are subject to change depending on the interest level and availability of space.
  • Brownies / Girl Scouts
  • Cub Scouts / Boy Scouts
  • Fencing
  • First Lego League
  • GirlPOWer!
  • International Cooking
  • KinderRockets
  • Lego Stop Motion Video
  • Math Club
  • Minecraft
  • Saints Players
  • Science
  • STEM Club
  • Strategy Games