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Welcome to Lower School

Our goal in the Elementary grades is to create a challenging academic environment that also allows each child to develop his or her unique talents and abilities. The curriculum design is guided by the belief that active, hands-on experiences, emphasizing the relationships among disciplines, make learning most meaningful for young children.  Learning experiences are organized to maintain continuity in learning and to ensure that the treatment of concepts grows in complexity and generality as the student develops. We strive to design and implement a program that encourages students to make connections, ask questions, solve problems, and think independently.

Educational Philosophy and Grading System for Beginner-Primer

Educational Philosophy and Grading System for Grades 1-4

Educational Philosophy for Beginner - Primer

The pre-elementary years are a student’s introduction to the exciting process of intellectual discovery that is central to ESD’s mission. At the pre-elementary levels, confidence and self-esteem as well as intellectual development are best fostered by opportunities to play and engage in hands-on learning experiences that will prepare students for the academic challenges ahead. Beginner, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Primer students explore the world around them through integrated units based on specific themes. Each unit of study weaves together concepts from language arts, math, science, social studies, art, and music and provides opportunities for children to build their academic and social skills. Pre-elementary students also participate in our Lower School global focus unit, which is integrated across the curriculum throughout the year.

All pre-elementary students attend daily chapel and participate in classroom discussions that relate to chapel themes. Spanish, music, physical education, and library classes are offered several times a week to extend and enrich the classroom experience.

Grading System

Families of Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Primer students receive quarterly progress reports. Students receive grades in academics, workhabits and behavior. Family conferences are scheduled twice during the year as a time for the teacher and parents to share information about the student.

Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Primer  

M      Meet Expectations 
P      Progressing Toward Expectations 
N      Needs Reinforcement 
NA    Not yes Assessed  
 

Educational Philosophy:
Grades One - Four

The elementary school provides a rigorous academic environment that also allows each child to develop his or her unique talents and abilities. The curriculum design is guided by the belief that active, hands-on experiences emphasizing the relationships among disciplines make learning most meaningful for young children. Learning experiences are organized to maintain continuity in learning and to ensure that the treatment of concepts grows in depth and complexity as the student develops. As they progress through Lower School, students build a strong foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; develop an understanding of numerical patterns and relationships; explore the natural and physical world around them; and enhance their learning through the use of technology. We strive to design and implement a program that fosters intellectual curiosity, inspiring students to make connections, ask questions, think analytically and critically, and act with integrity.

Grading System

The Episcopal School of Dallas operates on an academic semester calendar. Quarter grades are reported on a letter basis and are issued at the close of each quarter. The Grade Report provides an evaluation of the student's academic performance, effort, and behavior. Additional information is provided through the teacher's comments.

First, Second and Third Grade   


E      Exceeds expectations, excellent progress   
W     Within expectations, satisfactory progress   
B      Below expectations, needs improvement

Fourth Grade  

A 90-100  
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F below 60

Sandy Kerr
Head of Lower School 


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