Lower School Grades K-4
While building a strong skill foundation in reading, writing, and math, a student’s experience in the Lower School is filled with authentic, engaging, and challenging activities designed for the young, gifted learner.
In addition to a strong academic program, there is also a significant emphasis on social and emotional learning with weekly lessons and experiences. The Open Window Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Program
is a multi-faceted approach that is committed to nurturing the development of the whole child, while also building community that is essential for creating a positive learning environment. Foundational skills areas include self-awareness, self-regulation, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Digital citizenship and mindfulness are also important components that round out the student experience. Concepts progress each year to promote skill development in a manner which is developmentally appropriate.
Additionally, teaching practices create classroom and schoolwide conditions to facilitate and support social and emotional development and are central to the program. SEL is infused into every part of a student’s daily routine as they are led through morning meetings, rule creation, interactive modeling, and guided academic discovery. These instructional methods provide students the opportunity to apply SEL skills in authentic, everyday situations.
Weekly specialist classes in art, drama, library, music, physical education, science, Spanish, and technology and innovation support whole child development.
Our classrooms are joyful places of learning with tremendous academic and social growth. Each year builds upon the previous one, preparing students for the next step in their educational journey and beyond.