In the Lower School, children develop a lifelong commitment to learning. They are encouraged to make choices and to take increasing degrees of responsibility for their own learning. Teachers plan group projects and assign individualized work based on a close, personal knowledge of each child’s unique strengths and needs. Teachers also plan flexibly so that the developing interests and initiative of the children may be embraced and encouraged.
Most learning in the Lower School takes place through integrated work involving two or more subject areas simultaneously. Often a thematic approach is employed, involving children in an interdisciplinary experience connecting language, math, science, social studies and the arts. This practice allows students to study topics in a richer, more realistic way, and helps them better see the relationships between various points of view.