Why Lower School at Friends Academy?
Friends Academy’s Lower School (Early Childhood through fifth grade) develops a strong foundation in children for a lifetime of learning. For Lower School students, Friends is a “second home” where they are seen, known, and loved for who they are. By being part of this safe, supportive community, students can take risks and flourish – both as learners and as people.
Because our class sizes are small (ranging from 8-14 students), no child gets lost in the classroom. Students receive one-on-one support from their teachers and develop close relationships with peers and adults. Faculty are able to adapt their teaching to different learning styles – always meeting students where they are while challenging them to take risks.
What sets Friends apart from other elementary schools is our equal focus on academics and social and emotional growth. Students don’t simply learn how to read, write, and take tests – they discover who they are as learners and understand how to relate to others in a community. This allows students to become well-rounded individuals.
The Lower School follows the Responsive Classroom Approach, which believes:
- The social curriculum is as important as the academic curriculum.
- How children learn is as important as what they learn.
- The greatest cognitive growth occurs through social interaction.
- There is a set of social skills that children need in order to be successful academically and socially.
- Knowing the children we teach is as important as knowing the content we teach.
- Knowing the parents of the children we teach is as important as knowing the children.
- Teachers and administrators must model the social and academic skills which they wish to teach their students.
“FA has opened my kids’ world! The staff and teachers truly care about the well-being of each child. It allows the kids to feel safe and open to exploring all kinds of activities.”Lower School parent
Explore Lower School
Lower School also includes Early Childhood for children ages 3 and 4.
A nurturing, play-based environment where children grow to love learning from the very beginning.
Students learn to read independently, make sense of numbers, and grow their confidence as learners and classroom leaders.
Through the concept of community, students practice making choices independently, using their voices, and understanding their impact on others.
A year of tremendous growth, when students build character, pursue knowledge, dive deeply into topics, and recognize their strengths.
Eager, maturing learners feel supported to challenge themselves while strengthening their academic skills for the years to come.
Critical thinkers who build their academic stamina for Middle School while retaining the comfort of the close-knit Lower School community.
Features of the Lower School Experience
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News & Stories About Lower School
November 27, 2023
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Peter Pan, Jr. on three wonderful performances! Watch the full evening show. Read More
November 9, 2023
All Kindergarten and first grade students are screened for potential language-based learning differences like dyslexia. Read More
October 6, 2023
At Back to School Night each fall, parents and guardians take a turn in their children’s seats and experience what school is like for them. Read More