Inspiration and Exploration
Once a week, our youngest learners are escorted through an ornately decorated archway into our Story Cottage by a costumed librarian whose outfit matches the day's reading. It's a much-anticipated literary and visual adventure for the children, and it's just one way in which joy and inspiration guide our interactions with young learners.
Children are natural explorers, and our Lower School supports their inquiry by establishing a safe environment for questions and mistakes. By encouraging and supporting children's voices, confidence and curiosity grow, along with wisdom and an appetite for learning.
Caring for Each Child
Whether the child is three-years-old or a rising middle-schooler, we make it our business to challenge students to greater and greater achievement while responding to each child individually. Both the full-time teachers and associates in each grade level strive to create a positive and safe environment for the students.
Fun and Challenging Work
Our youngest students learn reading and writing-readiness skills, math, music, art, and physical education. By kindergarten, the curriculum is enriched with classes in French, Spanish, Chinese and keyboarding. The Grade 4 and 5 curriculum expands to include Latin and Greek studies, and a band requirement. All grades participate in our Character Education Program.
Aftercare and Enrichment Programs
A fee-based Aftercare and Enrichment (ACE) program is available for all students enrolled in Grades PK3 through 5. Students registered in ACE participate in planned activities that include arts and crafts, board games, puzzles, computers, movies, outdoor play, snack time, reading and supervised homework and study time. ACE operates from dismissal to 5:45 p.m. on full class days.
Various after-school enrichment classes are also offered each quarter where students have the opportunity to explore and develop a variety of new interests. Some of the enrichment classes offered include chess, drama, Art Club, Lego Robotics, and an array of intramural sports.
Our rich, hands-on curriculum and our compassionate faculty succeed every day in exciting children's interests and desire to learn. When students leave our Lower School, they move into Middle School with the confidence to ask questions and the skills to find the answers.