We ensure each student's mastery of foundational concepts in reading, language arts and mathematics by having two subject specialists collaborate with each classroom teacher, allowing for even smaller groups and individualized learning. We expect each student to learn how to read and do math at different times. It's all about knowing each student, advancing quickly with those who are ready while providing reinforcement for others.
Last but never least, character education is interwoven throughout all aspects of our curriculum. Each month students focus on a BL value such as honesty, compassion, or self-discipline. In short, as the program is named, we seek to guide our youngest students to "Live Like a Laker."
Mathematics: In formally introducing the world of mathematics to our students, including arithmetic, geometry and data analysis, we build the foundation for further exploration in science and technology. From the outset, we emphasize problem-solving skills and showing how math is applied, from making change and cooking the perfect dish to gauging the speed of scooters.
Science: Our program includes the life sciences, the study of the physical and natural worlds, and space exploration. Using a direct, hands-on approach to all these sciences, we encourage observation, discovery and analytical thinking.
English/Language Arts: Our language arts program focuses on building confidence and independence in self-expression through reading, writing, and vocabulary. Recognizing students learn these critical basic skills differently, we ensure a multifaceted approach; reading, for instance, is taught through phonetics, word recognition, language experience and context support.
Social Studies: Through social studies, our students learn history and geography. They discuss current events and adopt a global perspective. Most important, they begin to understand the relevance and significance of the past to the present and their future.
Spanish: Through study of cultural events and celebrations throughout the Spanish-speaking world, students begin to amass a Spanish vocabulary and understand how Spanish grammar works. We emphasize communications skills, comprehending and practicing the spoken language, by having lower school students sing, play games, improvise dialogue, and so much more.
Library: With more than 12,000 books and resources in the Lower School Library, our library program encourages a love of reading through exposure to boy-friendly books across an incredibly wide range of topics.
Arts and Music: Our students explore music, media and art from around the world to encourage an appreciation of different cultures and to nurture their own interests and preferences. Families are welcome to take in the culmination of our students' impressive portfolios and advancements at the lower school's annual art and music show.
Physical Education: Daily physical education classes teach our boys the basics of a variety of sports as well as the importance of sportsmanship. Parents are welcome to join in the fun of Dodgeball Friday, a lower school tradition.