We cultivate academic excellence every day, but we also understand that developing the whole child requires engagement in opportunities beyond the classroom. In the Lower School, we offer age-appropriate activities that develop artistic and athletic skills, leadership capabilities and curiosity about the world around us.
Students and faculty enjoy a time for the entire Lower School Community to gather every Friday morning from 8:15 - 9 a.m. for celebrations, reflections, special presentations and more. Each week our 5th grade Noble Knights will lead Community Time with a welcome, the pledge of allegiance, special acknowledgements and an introduction of the day’s program.
Our curriculum extends into the community through multiple field trips in every grade. From visiting the Tellus Science Museum and the Cyclorama, to apple picking, spelunking and traveling to Charleston, students’ out-of-the-classroom experiences increase understanding back on campus.
Knightstars, Strings & Band
We offer day-time musical electives for all Lower School students. In third grade, students may enroll in strings. In fifth grade, students may enroll in Knightstars, our choral program, as an elective. In addition to Knightstars and strings, fifth-grade students may also participate in band.
We begin to foster a love for the arts in Pre-First. All students participate in the annual Holiday Program, which tells the Hanukkah and Christmas stories on the same stage. Beginning in second grade, students explore their performance talents in class musicals presented to their peers, teachers and parents.
Fifth-grade students assist with carpool drop-off and pick-up duties every day, politely greeting families and assisting students as they arrive and depart school.
First- through fifth-grade Student Council members are elected by their peers at the beginning of each school year. As leaders of the student body, these students organize various service projects throughout the year and host a new student and faculty welcome party in the fall.