Joy in learning begins in the Lower School, from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5. We believe a child’s curiosity is innate and God-given, and we work to cultivate that wonder in the primary years. Our students are provided opportunities to explore and make discoveries across academic disciplines that will enhance their understanding of the world around them. Spiritual formation is nurtured through classroom devotions, weekly chapel services, and the practice of serving others in love and humility.
Each morning begins with classroom gatherings, a time for children to build community and pray for their day. Students are taught appropriate social skills, sharing, and listening skills because we believe when children feel comfortable socially, they are more likely to engage academically.
Through the implementation of the Singapore Math program, students discover the beauty of order in mathematics. Building on a conceptual understanding of abstract algorithms, they develop skills to access higher-level math concepts. Through the use of The Science of Reading, we continuously develop a quality Language Arts program with the aim of developing students who are self-motivated, discerning readers, and clear, thoughtful writers. Through project-based learning, students act as apprentices, guided by grade-level teachers who shepherd their interests in purposeful ways. From conducting in-depth research to finding pleasure in a good book to drawing maps from memory to competing in a chess tournament, Lower School students love to learn.