The Lower School is comprised of grades K-1-2-3. These years provide an important foundation to the development of academic skills, attitudes and intellectual curiosity. The day-to-day program is child-oriented and personalized. Professional and caring teachers, along with current texts and teaching materials, yield an academic and spiritual environment in which each student is directed toward the attainment of sound basic skills, emotional well-being, and physical and social development commensurate with his or her potential.
Kindergarten classes have a maximum of 14 students; an educational aide is employed in each class in order to enhance the program and further individualize instruction. First through third grade classes are capped at 15 students. A sound academic foundation is provided through a strong language arts program with emphasis on comprehension, reading, spelling, listening, and the art of writing. In the area of math, basic skills, concept development and manipulatives are stressed. Further math enrichment is offered through the Accelerated Math program, as well as a problem solving lab, in which all students participate on a weekly basis. Science is challenging and experiment-based. Social studies activities include units on community, native culture, holidays, and customs. Special area classes which are taught once or twice weekly include music, art, physical education, library, computer, Christian Education, and Spanish. During one quarter, each grade in the lower school participates in an Asian Culture study class on China, India, Japan, or Thailand. The enriching and caring environment in each lower school classroom provides exceptional opportunities for our youngest students.