The Lower School at St. Edmund’s Academy is dedicated to the education and development of children in Grades 1-4.
Knowing that children thrive in challenging yet supportive environments, teachers in the Lower School build the foundation for children to tackle new concepts, use higher-order thinking skills, and gain academic independence as they learn.
Maintaining our focus on each child as an individual, we continue to place shared emphasis on their social and emotional development in conjunction with their cognitive growth as active learners.
Our Lower School classrooms provide a solid academic foundation for students, invigorated by innovative teaching. We engage students in challenging and creative academic activities that encourage involvement and engagement—doing, not just listening, so that students are learning foundational skills and concepts while also making advances in competencies like collaboration, cooperation, individual accountability, and independence.
Our class sizes allow teachers to make these learning opportunities authentic and meaningful and enable them to know each child’s learning style and personality very well. Specialty teachers further enrich the Lower School curriculum as they instruct in science, art, physical education, technology, social health, library, world cultures, and music. The atmosphere is exciting and full of joy and wonder.
Character development is now further enhanced from the foundation established in the Early Childhood Program with the addition of weekly commendations of students who have exemplified one or more of our Core Values. This public acknowledgement of positive behavior in students contributes to our culture where students become increasingly aware and respectful of other people’s feelings, even among differences, and strive toward their very best in every situation.