Lower SchoolCome on in, but don’t leave your senses behind—your sense of humor, your sense of wonder, your sense of curiosity. You’re going to need it in our classrooms.

Utilizing captivating (and fun!) literature in the Lower School fosters a love of reading that students will carry with them for a lifetime. Novel studies provide a springboard for higher–level thinking. Discovery, investigation, experimentation, and exploration through math, science, and social studies open up worlds of opportunity for real–life application and imaginative creativity. Something new and exciting is happening every day in the educational journey of our Lower School students.

After all, learning in the Lower School is all about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It’s about studying specific skills while also mastering foundational strategies. And, above all, it’s about developing a love of learning . . . for life!

The Program

Academics:

Students experience standards-based instruction in Bible, math, language arts (reading, grammar, writing, spelling), science, and social studies. Critical thinking, discovery and investigation, and collaboration are essential 21st-century fluencies emphasized across the curriculum.

Biblical Integration: 

Students participate in weekly chapels and daily Bible instruction. Every subject is taught through the lens of Biblical Truth.

Specials:

Students participate in a different specials class each day: Spanish, computer, music, physical education, and library. Some additional opportunities for art and drama are presented throughout the year.

Athletics:

In addition to daily recess and twice-a-week physical education for all lower schoolers, sixth graders may also participate in middle school sports.

Arts:

All lower school students participate in general music classes where the curriculum emphasizes music theory and development of singing. Private piano, flute, and strings lessons, as well as group strings classes, are available to all lower school students. Additional opportunities for participation in orchestra, band, and chorus are available to fifth and sixth graders.

After school clubs:

Staffed by faculty members and parent/grandparent volunteers, various opportunities to enrich the body, mind, and spirit are available after school to all lower school students. Recent club offerings have included Art, Book Buddies, Cheerleading, Chess, Coding, Kilometer Kids, Robotics, and Service.

Technology Integration: 

Technology is integrated across the curriculum through mobile wireless laptop labs, a computer lab, LCD projectors, the use of iPads for both students and teacher, and classroom interactive whiteboards.

Media Services:

The library serves the lower school with print material and technology to support our strong emphasis on the critical skills involved in reading and research. Media specialist works with classroom faculty to provide instructional enrichment.

Instructional Support:

Teachers conduct help classes on a regular basis. Some tutoring support is available from various sources on and off campus.

Learning Discoveries:

The Learning Discoveries program offers student support for non-traditional learners. There is an additional fee for this support program.

Speech-Language Services:

Speech, language, and hearing screenings are offered on campus each September through an independent speech-language service at a cost that is separate from tuition.  Parents may contract individually with this provider to obtain speech services for their child on campus during school hours.

Our Teachers

Certification:

Every teacher is a degreed, certified educator.

Help Class: 

Teachers provide student support during after school help classes.

Covenant Relationship:

Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating Biblical Truth into all aspects of school life.

Student-to-Teacher Ratio:

Small student-to-teacher ratios are valued for individualized instruction.