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.