Introduction to The Lower School Program
Our lower school, Kindergarten through fourth grade, is housed in two buildings. Our Kindergarten students are in Chilton House, providing proximity to and ensuring appropriate curricular continuity with, our early childhood programs. Once in first grade, children move on to the Little School, the building that once housed the entire school. There are three sections per grade, with an average student teacher ratio of 6:1.
Our elementary program follows the tenets of Responsive Classroom, a research based approach to teaching that promotes an environment where innovation, challenge, are established through clear practices that build academic and social-emotional competencies in children.
In addition to homeroom teachers who teach most subjects, learning specialists are assigned to each grade level for small group instruction in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics. The science program, which includes a gardening component that takes advantage of our 14-acre campus, is taught in a purpose-built science lab. Music, Spanish, physical education and technology complete our young students’ comprehensive educational experience. Both the Little School and Chilton House have age-appropriate libraries and librarians who focus on literature competencies.
Regular field trips are offered to support curriculum, and students gather for a weekly assembly to strengthen community and build upon the 4 Cs – cooperation, consideration, compassion and courtesy -- that are keystone values of our school.