Relationships matter, especially in the early years. Children come to us perfectly created, full of wonder and joy. It is our job and privilege as educators to know and honor each child that enters our doors. Through these relationships, we personalize the educational journey by providing authentic learning experiences and optimal challenges for each of our students. We value process over product, innovation over memorization, and inquiry over complacency. Our hope is that children leave Lower School filled with confidence that stems from self-knowledge, a deepened curiosity towards learning, and an understanding that we are stronger together than we are alone.- Tracey Shirey, Head of Lower School
ESD's Lower School serves our youngest learners from age three to fourth grade. Here, we strive to design and implement a program that encourages students to make connections, ask questions, solve problems, and think independently. 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.
Our goal is to create a challenging academic environment that also allows each child to develop his or her unique talents and abilities.