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.
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.
Intramural Sports & Athletics
Lower School student-athletes in the fourth and fifth grades may develop their skills in a rotation of after-school athletic offerings. The physical education staff introduces students to a range of sports on a schedule that loosely follows our varsity seasons. Offerings include basketball, cross-country, gymnastics, swimming, diving and water polo.
Knightstars, Strings & Band
We offer day-time musical electives for all Lower School students. In fourth grade, students may enroll in strings or Knightstars, our choral program, as an elective. In addition to Knightstars and strings, fifth-grade students may also participate in band.
Middle School Athletics
Students in third through fifth grades are allowed to join the wrestling team and learn the basics of the sport. Also, fifth-grade students may join the Middle School swimming and diving team.
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.
The WordMasters Challenge is a national vocabulary competition that develops verbal reasoning and higher-order thinking skills and presents and emphasizes logical and analytical associations. Students in grades three through five participate in three annual challenges and consistently place among the top schools in the nation based on their cumulative scores.