The Lower School includes pre-K through fourth grade in mixed-age classrooms that allow for maximum flexibility to meet individual developmental needs. These classes are referred to by age (4-5s, 5-6s, 6-7s, 7-8s, 8-9s, 9-10s). The program in the Lower School emphasizes active participation in interdisciplinary, meaningful learning. Social studies is the core of the curriculum, building on children’s growing curiosity and understanding of the world around them. Children are encouraged to play, to express their creativity and to explore the outdoors. Caring for one another and building a strong sense of self and a responsibility to our community are integral components of the Lower School program. Throughout the Lower School, teachers focus on skill development in all subject areas, including language arts, math, science, Spanish, art, shop, music, library and physical education.