Lower School students are constantly busy building skills, competency, and confidence—and having fun doing it. You might find them learning about angles and line segments as they construct gigantic cubes to be decorated for Halloween; transported into the past as they research historical characters and present their work in a participatory wax museum; building and testing a life-size trebuchet while studying the middle ages; or using professional grade software to build digital creatures in a Visual Thinking and Strategy Lab. Whether students require remediation of basic skills or accelerated study, Lower School days are packed with new ways of looking at things as they also build social awareness, enjoy movement and exercise, learn about assistive technology, and improve executive functioning and study skills.
With one teacher for every two to five students in reading, writing, math, and visual thinking, C/A’s Lower School program affords the flexibility required to provide individual and small group support so that children can be successful. And feeling successful translates into approaching learning with joy and enthusiasm. In addition:
Many program features and supports that students enjoy in Lower School continue in Middle School, in full or modified form, to ensure a smooth transition to the higher grades and the greater demands associated with more independent work, larger yet still small class sizes of typically 10 or fewer students, and the developmentally appropriate expectations for improved behavior and social awareness.