THE LOWER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Peek Inside the Classroom
Come on in, but don't leave your sense of humor at the door. You're going to need it. A class of third graders is enjoying the perennial favorite, How to Eat Fried Worms, and the belly laughs inspired by the characters' antics can be heard down the hall. Novel studies in the lower school fosters a love of reading and a springboard for higher-level thinking: "Would you eat the worm? What deeper motives might be causing Billy to eat it?" And while the students are not actually encouraged to eat worms (just in case you were growing concerned), they are challenged to envision new ways to serve them up!
After all, learning in the lower school is all about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It's about studying specific skills, while also mastering foundational strategies. And, above all, it's about developing a love of learning... for life.
qualified TEACHERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Every teacher, including exploratory teachers, is a degreed, Georgia-certified teacher. All kindergarten through second grade teachers are trained in the Orton-Gillingham reading approach. More than 50% of the lower school faculty is gifted-certified. Many hold advanced degrees in their field.
Small Student-Teacher Ratios
Class size is limited to allow teachers to meet the individual needs of each child. Small classes are what truly enable every student to be known and loved with personal attention and instruction.
Grades K-2 have an average 10:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)
Grades 3-5 have an average 16:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)
Paraprofessionals assist teachers in all grades. Lower school counselors also work with children through positive guidance and proactive social-skills initiatives.
Every teacher is dedicated to the Christian faith and committed to integrating faith into all aspects of the school experience. Their desire is to truly KNOW each child, nurture their strengths, and work with them on a growth mindset to build up areas where they struggle more.