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Lower School

Welcome to the Lower School! Energy and excitement fill our hallways and classrooms. We take a positive, creative, child-centered approach to learning. Our curriculum includes a workshop approach to reading with individualized support, phonics instruction, handwriting, problem-solving activities with Everyday Math experiences, hands-on science instruction, writing skills instruction, and social studies research across each discipline. Classes are taught with developmental expectations in mind, and social skills are integrated into the curriculum every day. 

Lower School provides a unique opportunity for each child to discover his or her voice, talents, and passions. Small classes, dedicated teachers, and trained specialists encourage a culture of enthusiasm, energy, and creativity. While each morning begins with the televised, student-run morning announcements, the days are varied with a blending of core classes and specials. Daily recess allows opportunities for students to unwind and spend time with classmates. Many of our students choose to participate in the after-school program and get involved with various clubs and activities.

We see each student as a whole person and strive to provide an environment that promotes personal growth, natural curiosity, a love of literacy, the spirit of exploration, and independent thinking. As our students learn and grow, our goal is to help them build an understanding of themselves and to appreciate and make meaningful contributions to the world around them."Christina aaron, head of lower school


A Day in the Life: Lower School

Lower School At a Glance

 

First through fifth grades are housed in Pressly hall, a 53,000-square foot, LEED Certified building

Progressive technology mixes 1:1 iPads (JK- 2nd), 1:1 laptops (3rd- 5th) and a Media center with Mac computer lab

Video production lab allows students to broadcast televised morning announcements

Science center featuring animal care center, student-centered garden, and greenhouse

Three full-time Learning Specialist Teachers

A full-time Lower School counselor teaches all students, meets with groups and individuals, and is a resource for parents and faculty 

Daily recess and physical education

10:1 Student:Teacher ratio

Lower School News

Living Museum in Second Grade!

Amelia Earhart, Abraham Lincoln, Malala Yousafzai, and Steven Spielberg — what could all these historical greats in one room mean? It’s time for the second-grade Living Museum!

This cross-curricular project is a perennial favorite, with students researching a historical figure using resources from the library, creating a portrait in art class, and developing a timeline of the person's life and accomplishments on the media center's iMacs. The best part? Going all out to dress the part and presenting a "living museum" to their teachers, parents, and peers to enjoy!

Special Area Classes

In addition to core academic classes, Country Day prides itself on the experiential learning experiences provided through our robust offering of Lower School specials. The below specials are taught by seasoned faculty in dedicated, unique learning spaces. 

Science

The Lower School science program encourages students to be curious, to examine nature, to analyze data, and to understand their environment and the world around them. Students learn science concepts in the classroom and through discovery as they explore our vast outdoor classroom spaces.

Spanish

Lower School Spanish students learn naturally through listening, speaking, and reading the language. Spanish classes offer hands-on activities and collaboration as students grow in the language and become more culturally aware and inclusive citizens.

Art

The Lower School art room is surrounded by gardens and is the perfect studio space for exploring the world around them through the visual arts. Students study the fundamentals of color, shape, value, and texture.

Music

Our music program fosters a love for music as they develop an understanding of the relationship between music, the arts, history and culture. Lower School music classes provide students with the opportunity to sing, play, move, listen to, read, and enjoy music. 

Physical Education

Lower School PE classes promote a positive attitude towards self and others. Students enjoy the opportunities for challenge and social interaction as they learn how to maintain a healthy level of physical fitness.

Technology/Media

Students learn media literacy skills and are introduced to a variety of authors, illustrators, and genres as they discover and develop their love of books and reading.