Lower School (Grades K through 4)

Park’s Lower School provides a rich academic and social foundation – cognitive, social, physical, emotional, and moral. Teachers closely observe how each child is developing and provide appropriate support to keep everyone growing. Teachers incorporate a balanced approach to literacy, incorporating guided reading instruction, phonics-based word study, a print-rich environment, and plenty of writing.

Older Lower School students study novels through literature circles. Students are introduced to the Park Research Process in first grade. This instruction – gathering, evaluation, and synthesis of information – continues through the senior year of Upper School. Mathematics instruction follows the developmental progression from concrete to conceptual thinking that occurs in young school-aged children. All Lower School curriculum, and particularly science, relies heavily on hands-on learning – another constant throughout education at Park. 
Students enjoy the opportunity to play outdoors and enjoy Park’s beautiful 34-acre campus each day. They cross the campus daily to receive regular instruction from teachers who specialize in art, music, French, physical education, and library. Students may begin string lessons upon entering second grade, and band instrument lessons begin in fourth grade. The Lower School ensemble plays regularly at Lower School morning meetings and school concerts. Many Lower School students participate in the School’s dramatic productions alongside their Middle and Upper School peers. Students in grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 have the opportunity to play competitive co-ed soccer while fourth graders can play on the grades 5 & 6 basketball teams.

Responsive Classroom

The Lower School embraces, and is in ongoing training, in Responsive Classroom ™ Methodology. This research-based approach to elementary education integrates practical strategies for helping students build academic learning along with social-emotional learning throughout the day. Responsive Classroom focuses on 10 classroom practices that create a classroom environment where students feel safe, challenged, and a have joyful place to learn.

These classroom practices include morning meeting, rule creation, interactive modeling, positive teacher language, logical consequences, guided discovery, academic choice, classroom organization, collaborative problem solving, and working with families. Responsive Classroom increases academic achievement, decreases problem behaviors, improves social skills, and leads to more high-quality instruction. Emphasis is placed on student happiness, not only in making the process of their education enjoyable, but also in promoting positive, lifelong learners. Learn more at www.responsiveclassroom.org.
Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one of the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

The Park School Of Buffalo

4625 Harlem Road
Snyder, NY 14226
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