Students in preschool through the 4th grade travel to other areas of the school for co-curricular enrichment classes. These enrichment classes are instructed by specialists to support and further enhance the education of the well-rounded student.
Each Lower School class visits the library weekly with children making return visits to check out books throughout the school week. Books are selected with an eye to providing a broad range of fiction and nonfiction titles at many different reading levels. The library's primary goal is to encourage a love of reading and foster a lifelong curiosity for learning and growth.
The First grade through Fourth grade explore the iLab weekly to experience computer science instruction which includes keyboarding, coding, and digital citizenship. They are also exposed to project-based learning with a focus in STEM that incorporates robotics, augmented reality, virtual reality, movie making and 3D printing. Students will participate in multiple projects where they will collaborate with their peers and use creative problem solving.
The Preschool classes visit the iLab weekly. They have limited exposure to digital devices. Preschool students will engage in STEM activities. Each area of STEM is explored and a hands-on activity is incorporated with each lesson. Students will use creative problem solving to complete the STEM challenges.
In Physical Education, students in kindergarten through the 4th grade enjoy the age appropriate playgrounds and a gym where they learn a variety of games that build fine and large motor skills, promote health and physical fitness, learn basic skills to how to play sports and have good sportsmanship, and how to be life-long active and healthy adults.
All classes go to music twice a week. This involves students in singing, playing instruments, and practicing for performances, all of which help build confidence and self-esteem. The preschoolers put on two performances a year and invite their families and friends to come, and students in grades 1-4 participate in a yearly theatrical, grade level performance.
All classes have art on a weekly basis. Students are taught to express themselves using a variety of art media. They may focus on a famous artist and learn the techniques that the artist has used in order to create their own art in the same manner. Or they may spend time creating seasonal art which makes things very festive. Finished works are displayed in the hallways throughout the Lower School.
The preschoolers have German class twice a week in order to develop a solid beginning foundation of the German language. They sing songs, do fun activities, participate in cultural experiences, and begin learning the language.
Grades 1-4 rotate through three world languages and one computer language to learn more about the culture, be exposed to the language, and develop a love of learning languages. They take a quarter of Spanish, French, German, and Coding each year.