THE LOWER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Welcome to Mount Paran Christian School’s Lower School!
Learning in the lower school is about broadening perspectives and developing minds. It's about…
- studying specific skills while also mastering foundational strategies critical to life-long learning.
- molding a growth mindset through perseverance and a positive attitude.
- creating an atmosphere of empathy that celebrates students as unique creations of God; developing and engaging every student’s capacity for knowledge.
Most importantly, it's about developing a love of learning... for life. The Portrait of a Lower School Student guides and directs student learning experiences.
Qualified Teachers Make the Difference
Every teacher, including exploratory teachers, is a degreed, Georgia-certified educator. 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
Small classes are what truly enable every student to be known and loved with personal attention and instruction. Class size is a limited low student-teacher ratio which enables teachers the ability to meet the needs of each student.
Grades K-2 have an average 11:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)
Grades 3-5 have an average 17:1 student-teacher ratio (varies by year.)
Paraprofessionals assist teachers in all grades. Every classroom, preschool through second grade, has full-time paraprofessionals working alongside teachers and students.
Lower school counselors support students during classroom guidance lessons, small groups, and individual sessions to foster and encourage developmental growth socially, emotionally, academically and spiritually.
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 student, nurture their strengths, foster a growth mindset, and teach every student that they are part of God’s Divine plan.