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Our Episcopal Identity

School Worship

Creative, inclusive, and drawing fully upon the liturgical resources of The Episcopal Church, worship is a regular part of school life for all faculty and students.

Community Life

Reflection, prayer, and matters of the spirit are honored and cultivated and the physical, mental, and emotional health of all are supported and nurtured.

Religious Study

Meaningful, academically substantive, and age-appropriate; and in teaching the Christian tradition, fosters dialogue with other faith traditions.

Social Justice

Equity, justice, and a just society throughout the life of the school; the embracing and honoring of diversity; and the inclusion of community service and service learning into the life of the school.

Lower School Resources

Please contact Mary Jane Briggs, Lower School Director of Admission, at (501) 978.4404 for more information about scheduling a visit to our Lower School.

Community Handbook

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Lunch Program

Grades K-5

In the Lower School, students are building on everything they’ve learned. At this age, they are more self aware and beginning to connect the dots. With newfound confidence, they’re ready to expand their abilities and cover more ground. Our teachers are ready with more challenging material. The topics might be a bit more complex, but students still use their hands and minds and curiosity to get to the heart of the subject matter. As they become more independent, students are more active participants in what and how they learn, and how they can best showcase what they have learned. Just watch as their promise grows!

Curriculum Highlights

Kindergarten

  • Units of study that support current events, holidays, social studies, and science
  • Hall of Industry event to culminate the Farms studies unit
  • Senior Buddy activities which allow our younger students to develop a strong relationship with a Senior
  • Small group instruction in reading and math
  • Visit to Arkansas Arts Center to culminate Fables Unit
  • One lead teacher and one associate teacher per classroom
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

First Grade

  • Year-long cross-curricular unit of study on Caldecott books
  • In-depth study of the monarch life cycle. Students raise monarchs to release and then send them off during the annual Monarch Migration
  • End-of-the-year zoo trip to culminate Habitat unit
  • Sounds first, phonics based multi-sensory approach to literacy
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

Second Grade

  • Unique interdisciplinary units focusing on Greek Civilization and Myths, Cycles in Nature, The War of 1812, and Westward Expansion
  • Hands-on, cooperative projects such as incubating baby chickens during the Cycles of Natures unit
  • Continued focus on phonics and spelling patterns as students further their writing and reading skills
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

Third Grade

  • In-depth study of units including ancient Roman civilization, Viking Age, Native American regions and culture, and early exploration of North America
  • Lead the Recycling Program in the Lower School
  • Field trips, skype sessions, and visiting speakers to enrich each unit of study
  • Private School League Sport Offerings: Cheerleading, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Volleyball
  • One-to-one Chromebook program
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

Fourth Grade

  • Service learning opportunities throughout the year, largely driven by fourth and fifth-grade students
  • Increased leadership opportunities in Pride Patrol greeting our younger students each morning and by serving as cantors and liturgists in Chapel
  • Departmentalized classes with content-specific teachers
  • Enhanced research opportunities
  • Private School League Sport Offerings: Cheerleading, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Volleyball
  • Book clubs and genre book reports
  • One-to-one Chromebook program
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

Fifth Grade

  • Service learning opportunities throughout the year, largely driven by fourth and fifth-grade students.
  • Leadership opportunities in Pride Patrol greeting our younger students each morning and by serving as cantors and liturgists in Chapel
  • Departmentalized classes with content-specific teachers
  • Write stories, film, edit, and produce ECTV, Jr.
  • Field trip to Ozark Folk Center and Crystal Bridges
  • Private School League Sport Offerings: Cheerleading, Football, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Volleyball
  • 5th Grade Recognition Ceremony
  • Book clubs and genre book reports
  • One-to-one Chromebook program
  • Dedicated math and reading specialist

Lower School News