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Lower School

In Lower School at Episcopal Day School, students are inspired to stretch towards their greatest potential, begin learning through hands-on participation and collaboration and think critically and creatively. Focusing on cultivating the whole child, our well-qualified teachers have created an environment where students genuinely love to learn, as they grow into their individual gifts and talents. Furthermore, our Lay Chaplain and Christian Education Teacher provides guidance and social development activities, as well as meaningful service learning experiences.

1st – 5th Grades, South Campus

  • Engaged in exploratory learning and collaborative groups
  • Critical thinking and creativity encouraged
  • Technology integration
  • Transition into researchers and problem solvers

The Lower School provides engaging and hands-on learning opportunities where students are encouraged to learn through active participation. By providing a nurturing environment for all learning styles, we encourage students to take academic risks. Lower School students transition from beginning readers to researchers and from basic mathematicians to problem-solvers, all while constantly encouraging critical thinking skills and creativity. Students develop the technological ability to use iPads, laptops, video cameras, 3D printers and more as tools for learning, and they apply these skills in their research and productivity.

In Fifth Grade, we prepare students for Middle School with an emphasis on early adolescent needs, instilling independence and encouraging self-reliance. Students engage in an integrated multidisciplinary approach to learning. By weaving together social justice, international literature, contemporary issues, global studies, physical science, economics, mathematics and writing, students gain skills for living and working in a changing global community. Students focus on developing study and organizational skills, time management, decision-making and technology integration. Students are not only prepared, but excited for their next adventure in Middle School.

Learning Environment

  • Passionate, well-qualified teachers
  • Student-centered
  • Accomplishments are celebrated and challenges are supported
  • Academic and social risks encouraged for growth
  • Exploratory learning and collaborative groups
  • Critical thinking skills and creativity encouraged


  • Academic readiness and exposure to enrichment and cross-curricular areas
  • STEaM lessons are offered throughout the curriculum in all grades
  • Transition from beginning readers to researchers and from basic mathematicians to problem-solvers
  • Technology integration (using iPads, Chromebooks, and a variety of educational and curriculum-based apps)
  • Integrated enrichment courses include art, music, Spanish, P.E., Christian education, library and innovation classes.