Lower School (PK-5)
Discover Your Child’s Promise
Your child has promise. But how do you bring it to light? First, you spark curiosity. Then you teach children to explore, inquire, reflect, and act for the greater good.
The Lower School is a happy place buzzing with activity. Our youngest students come every day eager to tell stories, build castles, paint pictures, make friends, hug their favorite teacher, and have fun learning. Our older students come excited to tackle new subjects, take on projects with their classmates, and share how much they’ve learned. Lower School is a safe, supportive environment that challenges each child to discover their unique interests and abilities.
At Episcopal Collegiate, we teach to reach the needs of all learners. It starts with hands-on activities that ignite excitement and curiosity, from counting coins to writing in journals to building electromagnets. Learning here is always an active experience. Rather than focusing on worksheets, flash cards, rote memorization, and standardized assessments, we believe there is a better way. For children to truly process and internalize information, we must let them be active participants in their learning. Our students rush into the classroom ready to ask questions, seek answers, solve problems, make connections, and share with each other. In short, they learn to love learning.
The Promise of a Bright Tomorrow
We are a community, a family, a school—a launching pad for your child’s future. Every experience in the Lower School prepares students for the exciting challenges of the Middle School, Upper School, and beyond. Here, the transition from Lower to Middle School is seamless. Teachers get to know students and families well, which leads to a smooth transition into the next phase of learning. There are meaningful opportunities for older students and younger students to connect and learn from one another. Our younger students are eager to follow in their footsteps—proud to carry on our school traditions.
At Episcopal Collegiate, we’ve developed a comprehensive curriculum that builds a solid foundation from pre-k to high school. By the time they leave the Lower School, students are in command of the critical building blocks needed for lifelong academic success. They develop strengths in reading, writing, science, and math. They understand other cultures and languages, can express themselves, and have demonstrated their ability to solve problems and be creative. They have developed a personal value system based on Respect, Reverence, and Responsibility. They have made important friends they will take with them as they grow, and most importantly, they have begun to understand their potential.
From day one, we introduce the critical concepts of how to study, manage time, and complete tasks. We expect a high level of effort and achievement from every student. We use a variety of assessments to measure a child's progress, including interdisciplinary projects, testing, reports, oral presentations, and grades. We ask students to show us what they’ve learned. The curriculum incorporates a "capstone" or culminating activity that cements learning from all areas. Students explore themes such as inventiveness, sustainability, and inequality by conducting research, performing skits, writing poems, drawing maps, building models, making sculptures, creating inventions, writing reports, planting gardens, and delivering digital presentations. This is how real learning happens.