Lower School

LS At-A-Glance

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:

  • Morning Meeting affords students a chance to greet teachers and friends, share important news, and build social skills and community.
  • Daily art or music class, taught by professional artists, taps their creativity. Art also supports writing projects and social studies.
  • Daily P.E. and a 45-minute recess provide time for directed movement, exercise, and social time.
  • Frequent field trips bring real-world understanding to classroom lessons.
  • Daily Visual Thinking and Strategy Lab, using puzzles, games, computer programs, and other engaging tools, builds the strong foundation for logical and analytical thinking that is critical to success in mathematics.
  • Science and social studies classes engage students in grade-appropriate, project-based, interactive learning and projects.
  • Assistive technology and executive functioning support are introduced during advisory and study hall provides times for reinforcement of skills.
  • Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) gives students the opportunity to use class libraries and the Lower School lending library.


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.