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 Principles 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 May 04

HSPA Annual Luncheon

Location: Merion Golf Club
10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Fri May 06

Grandparents Day

Location: Theater, Classroom
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Lower School Grandparents Day

9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Mon May 09

Angela Duckworth Presents Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Location: Centennial Hall
7:00 PM
Thu May 12

HSPA Spring Fling

Location: Quad
7:30 AM
Fri May 13

2nd Grade Family Breakfast

Location: Dining Hall / Lower School
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Mon May 16

Spring Concert II (LS/MS)

Location: Centennial Hall
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tue May 17

Father/Son Event with the Phillies

Location: Citizens Bank Park
7:05 PM
Thu May 19

Jr. Kindergarten Family Breakfast

Location: Dining Hall / Lower School
7:45 AM - 8:30 AM

5th Grade Parents Middle School Orientation

Location: Lower School Multipurpose Room
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM