Set on a vibrant campus well equipped with advanced technological resources and intimate learning environments designed for young children, the Lower School climate reflects a PAWsitive atmosphere in which the whole child is celebrated, nurtured and taught. The nearly 400 Lower School students are supported by a low student to teacher ratio of 12:1 of credentialed and experienced classroom teachers, special subjects teachers, instructional assistants, all who deliver differentiated and individualized instruction to each child.
The Lower School program is taught in a traditional setting with the structure of the day built around the developmental age of students at each grade level. All Lower School students begin their day with Chapel, which is a time to join together in community and celebration, and then move through a day filled with core subject matter taught with special subjects, including, Spanish, art, STEM, library, The Good Shepard Program, music, science and physical education.
Our teachers are committed to delivering a robust curriculum using research-based strategies and materials. Pro-social behavior is taught and reinforced through the integration of a nationwide Positive Behavioral Support system that is woven into the fabric of our days. Although academic development lies at the heart of our mission, we remain committed to shaping the entire young person through spiritual, artistic, social and physical experiences.
Each student is assessed and their needs are determined and met through both whole and small group instruction. Certain students receive support or enrichment through our partnership with the Learning and Enrichment Center along with support from our Kindergarten – Grade 5 Reading Specialist. Students are afforded the opportunity to participate in a number of After School Clubs, be both a performer or audience member in our outstanding Arts department as well as be a participant in both Lower School and All-School events.