Lower School

Kindergarten — 4th Grade

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The Lower School program strives to give children basic building blocks, systematically laying a foundation for more advanced learning. Of equal importance is how our teachers foster the learning process so that children develop a love of learning and the skills to become life-long learners. Our teachers nurture the whole child, working with both a child’s strengths and challenges and balancing social-emotional growth and academic growth.

Within the classroom, on the playground, and throughout our various interactions at school, we work on mindfulness, self-motivation, creativity, self-discipline, self-reliance, and responsibility. Our faculty use the Responsive Classroom as a foundation of their teaching spaces, forming an interactive community in their classrooms. This happens through morning meetings, establishing class guidelines, and expressing hopes and dreams, among other practices.

Lower School students enjoy a wide range of learning experiences that are unique to The Well School: Reading Buddies with Upper School students; handwork class; poetry readings, plays, and musical performances; all-school meeting every Friday afternoon; hiking and other field trips; ice skating and alpine skiing; participation in the annual science fair; system of increasing trust and responsibility in the community kitchen and on the playground each year; and more. Our approach is truly well-rounded!