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Lower School

Relationships matter. I believe that all children are perfectly created, and it's our job and privilege as educators to get to know our students and all their uniquenesses so that learning experiences are optimized.- 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.

Beyond the Classroom

Experiences You Don't Want to Miss


As part of their semester-long study of human physiology, fourth-grade students study the eye and identify anatomy during their annual cow eye dissection. 


Students learn about looking with more than just their eyes, not their hands.


Students experience other cultures through music classes.

Kindergarten students perform songs in other languages with instruments in their annual musical. 


What if students could apply what they're learning in the classroom to something in the real world? Third graders did just that in the What If? Lab. In this study, students used their math and map reading skills to calculate the space of their fourth-grade classrooms in the new Lower School building.

Hear from the Lower School

Strings Concert

Students in Grades K -12 came together and performed their best pieces for the Strings showcase.