The lower school curriculum provides a solid foundation for life long learning. Students are provided with a challenging core curriculum crafted to promote a successful school experience. Bright classrooms filled with examples of the students’ work create an atmosphere for optimal learning. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are woven throughout the curriculum, beginning with students in kindergarten.
In the language arts program, students experience the joy of reading in Kindergarten and build their reading comprehension and fluency skills throughout their years in lower school as they read for enjoyment and for learning in the content areas. A solid program of phonics, spelling, and grammar provides the framework for the development of writing skills. In the early grades, students grasp the concepts of mathematics through concrete experiences, master basic arithmetic facts, and apply those concepts and facts through a mathematics curriculum that has a strong emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking. In Science and Social Studies, the curriculum comes alive through class projects and labs. These rich core learning opportunities are augmented with classes in music, art, technology integration, physical education, library science, and foreign language, each taught by a specialist.