The lower school provides opportunities for children to develop academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. High and consistent standards promote student responsibility for the development of a positive self-image and the realization of each child’s intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative potential. Through shared standards and open communication, parents are engaged as partners in this process.
Students are actively engaged in the learning process through experiences that promote analytical and critical thinking, risk taking, investigation, individual creativity, cooperation, and collaboration. The inculcation of a strong work ethic and the ability to work independently are priorities. The faculty uses a variety of instructional strategies to overcome weaknesses and build on strengths. Curriculum reviews are updated yearly and reflect the impact of change on basic content and instructional practice. The lower school curriculum includes daily experiences in language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Students attend a media center class once a week, science, modern languages, art, and music/drama classea two to three times a week, and physical education classes two to three times a week.
The lower school teaches children compassion for others, as well as appreciation of differences among people; a high value is placed on character education and multicultural understanding. Daily, whole school discussions revolve around our character traits. Through careful attention to the whole child, the faculty and staff strive to produce academically well-prepared graduates who are thoughtful, motivated, productive, and self-confident young people.