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Lower School

Determined to retain small class sizes and to pay close attention to the specific abilities of each child, teachers in the Lower School ensure that students' early experiences guide them toward the love of learning. Teachers tailor small ability-based math and reading groups to match the learning styles of every student in the Lower School.

Inspirational Lower School academics and extensive extracurricular activities support students' growth and encourage open-mindedness. The approach to each academic discipline is age-appropriate, as students discover the wonders of reading, the arts, mathematics, the sciences, history and physical fitness. Additional subjects are required as the students progress through the division. An introduction to World Languages begins in Kindergarten. Instrumental music instruction starts in Grade Four. All Lower School students visit the library where they develop research skills and fuel their excitement for reading.

A hands-on approach to STEM learning engages students in Kindergarten through Grade Five. Students are supervised in the utilization of traditional and emerging technologies for information and research. In addition to weekly computer science classes, proficiency in all subjects and classes is enhanced through the use of technology. Keyboarding, word processing, and appropriate Internet usage become part of our students' regular and responsible routine. The BWL arts program is designed to develop a passion for creative expression, through exposure to painting, drawing, singing, dancing and theater arts throughout the Lower School experience.

Lower School Leadership


Sharon Firester

Director of Lower School



Jennifer Burt

Assistant Director of Lower School

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