Lower School students in Grades 3 through 5 bring energy and enthusiasm with them to the classroom.
With small classes, mixed-grade groupings, hands-on activities, and opportunities for academic and social-emotional development and problem-solving, Lower School students are always discovering new and fun ways to learn. Commonwealth Academy empowers Lower School students by teaching the tools and strategies necessary to achieve academic growth and social awareness. Students enjoy hands-on, applied learning in a small, supportive, and collaborative learning environment.
Each Lower School classroom offers a small teacher-to-student ratio. CA’s Lower School program and curriculum afford the flexibility required to provide individual and small-group support and instruction so that students can be successful.
Each classroom at CA is a safe space. Our classrooms are filled with energy, enthusiasm, and, more importantly, kindness. Each classroom is a small community of individual personalities working together, supporting each other, and creating memories through formative experiences. Students in our Lower School feel seen, heard, and understood. They see others like them who are succeeding and thriving every day.
In the Lower School, students are taught the importance of mistakes and how making them is essential to the learning process. Believe it or not, students are even encouraged to make mistakes and are provided with the support, strategies, and tools necessary to learn from those mistakes when they occur.
Our expert team of teachers also provides students with language to change the way they view challenges and obstacles they may be confronting. In the Lower School, challenges become opportunities, and obstacles are often overcome through problem-solving.
Students participate in Cougar Connections lessons where their social-emotional learning is the focus. In these lessons, students learn strategies, tools, and language to:
Begin understanding their own identities
Establish and maintain meaningful friendships
Respectfully engage with and disengage from conflict
Comprehend ways that different perspectives, experiences, and cultures make us stronger as individuals and as a community
Our student population guides classroom design and set-up. From flexible seating options including weighted yoga balls, core balance cushions, and regular chairs, to the training and use of different fidgets, students in the Lower School begin the process of understanding who they are and what their needs are in the academic setting.
Flexible seating and the use of fidgets help our student population attend to their learning while also providing them with a non-distracting and stimulus-centered outlet. These choices enable students to practice self-advocacy and learn what works for them. As such, students become more independent.
Commonwealth Academy knows that students need opportunities to develop crucial skills in technology in order to become active members of our globalized society. As such, CA ensures that technology and innovation are the cornerstones of education for our students.
Each Lower School classroom is equipped with a Promethean Whiteboard, which allows students to get out of their seats and connect with the concepts being covered in an interactive and kinesthetic way. Additionally, every Lower School student is provided with a school-issued Chromebook equipped with software, apps, and devices chosen and curated by the Educational Technology (EdTech) and Information Technology (IT) teams.
Class time and attention are purposefully placed on teaching students how to use technology effectively and safely. Digital citizenship and lessons on how to safely engage online with others help students navigate the online world inside and outside of the classroom.
Some of the most exciting projects for Lower School students are those that they share with peers and family members.
There are opportunities throughout the year for caregivers to visit Commonwealth Academy and see first-hand what students have been working on. One example is our annual Fall Festival in October and an Interactive Museum in March to highlight student successes.
Frequent updates on CA’s social media accounts and school newsletter also provide insight into daily life in Lower School classrooms.