Lower School

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Boys have fun in the Lower School. Our teachers motivate them to want to explore and excel at learning!

Our teachers implement meaningful, hands-on learning experiences to meet the individual needs of each boy in both a challenging and supportive way. In its youngest grades, the Lower School program focuses on developing key developmental areas for boys:

  • Reading and writing
  • Expressive language
  • Fine motor development
  • Social development

We incrementally build the boys’ ability to assume ownership of their learning and responsibilities. From the beginning, boys are immersed in fine arts, music, and science with experts in the field.

We understand that the world is changing and that our boys need a relevant curriculum to be active leaders in a globally connected world. Our Lower School curriculum exposes boys to rich cultural experiential learning through the spiraling study of American, modern world, and ancient world units.

Because we take our Principals of Community as seriously as our academic program, we instill the values of our honor code: honesty, respect, and courage. We reinforce these values by modeling and practicing them daily. We inspire our boys to be curious about their world and good, active citizens of it. Through our service learning initiatives and community involvement, boys develop an active sense of citizenship and social consciousness.


Teresa Touey
Administrative Assistant

Lower School Calendar

Wed Sep 09

Opening Day – classes begin

Thu Sep 10

HSPA Opening Coffee

Location: Ball Auditorium
7:00 PM
Fri Sep 11

HSPA Opening Coffee

Location: Centennial Hall
8:30 AM
Mon Sep 14

Rosh Hashanah – no classes

Wed Sep 16

Lower School Parents Night

Location: Centennial Hall & Lower School
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thu Sep 17

Barksdale Picture Day

Location: Multipurpose Room
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Lower School Picture Day

Location: Multipurpose Room
8:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed Sep 23

Yom Kippur – no classes

Fri Sep 25

Hav-Afford Recycle Clothing Sale

Location: Centennial Hall
7:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Tue Sep 29

New Parents' Wine & Cheese Event

Location: Palmer House
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM