Welcome to the Lower School! The experience we offer in Kindergarten through fourth grade is an exciting time in the life of a child. As children learn to navigate their world during these formative years, our child-centered environment encourages young students to be curious, to explore, to grow, to develop their abilities and talents, and to become contributing members of a learning community. A goal of our rich and engaging program is to provide activities and learning opportunities that develop independent, self-confident learners.
Our comprehensive range of programs seeks to cultivate the “whole child”. The core curriculum at the Lower School consists of language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. While instruction highlights basic concepts at this level, we challenge children’s thinking through problem solving and practical application of acquired skills. Using some of the best children’s literature available and many integrated activities, we seek to instill a love of reading and learning. The reading skill development of children first begins with “learning to read” and sequentially shifts to “reading to learn”. Capitalizing on the knowledge of differing learning styles for individual children, we strive to motivate students to be innovative and creative as they actively participate in their educational learning adventure.
In addition to these core areas of curriculum, students are led by specialists in art, music, computer, physical education, science lab, and Spanish. It is through these enrichment areas that students expand their horizon and challenge themselves through creativity, communication, and physical activity. The Lower School program is designed to include a thoughtful balance appropriate to the developmental stages of young children. Each day students will experience vigorous activities and quiet time; group instruction and individual attention; time inside the classroom and outside on our beautiful campus; traditional academic subjects and the arts.
Character education is another important component of the Lower School community. Children are given many opportunities to contribute through classroom jobs, service commitments, and sharing projects. Our students learn through action that they can make a difference in the world through their stewardship of resources and what they give back to society.
The Montgomery Academy Lower School strives to ready students for 21st Century learning by enabling them to become explorers of knowledge, encouraging them to be critical thinkers and problem solvers, and actively participate in global learning exchanges.
Lower School Director