Lower School Academics
While the curriculum is rigorous, the academic atmosphere at SMA Lower School is caring, supportive, and developmentally stimulating—children have daily opportunities to grow, succeed, and achieve during these formative years. It is an environment of balance where children can be children. Teachers work in vertical teams, allowing them to truly know each student—where they are in their academic and emotional growth, and how to ready them as they move to the next level in their learning.
An integrated curriculum, which includes core subject areas of math, literacy, science, social studies and values, connects subject matter and analytical problem-solving skills with the real world, engaging students’ hearts and minds. Five specials area courses including art, music, library, physical education, Spanish, and technology complement core curriculum on a regular basis. With an emphasis on the whole child, our Lower School participates in a myriad of activities (including twice daily recess!) designed to empower students to discover new interests in sports, fine arts, and community service.