Preparing Boys for Life

Lower School

In Haverford's Lower School, a pre-kindergarten-fifth grade elementary school, your family will be part of a community that strives each and every day to understand your son’s abilities, strengths, and areas of development.

Our best for boys approach to learning, including sensory-rich lessons, open classroom spaces, and twice-daily recesses, celebrates boys’ innate need for movement and activity, resulting in more focused and engaged learning. Through an emphasis on reading and writing, expressive language, fine motor development, and physical, social, and emotional growth, a Haverford boy becomes his best self.

Learn more about our research-based approach to teaching reading: watch this Facebook live video of a kindergarten structured literacy lesson or read Head of Lower School Dr. Greenblatt's op-ed in the Inquirer about the science of reading.

Meet Fisher, fourth grade

41%

41% of students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School attend Top 50 colleges and universities. The national admit rate is 14%.

 

85 points

Students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School achieve SAT scores 85 points higher than those who enroll later.

100%

of our students engage in service learning, with boys completing about 100 projects annually.

75%

of Lower School students perform at least two years above grade level in math by fifth grade.

71%

of Lower Schools students perform at least two years above in reading by fifth grade.

Lower School Happenings

Haverford School community surpasses Character at Our Core campaign goal

The Haverford School has closed Character at Our Core, a comprehensive fundraising campaign designed to build upon the School’s expertise in the art and science of educating boys, complete a new Middle School building that supports 21st century pedagogy, and continue to build a diverse and inclusive community that is prepared to contribute to life beyond the School.

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Third graders virtually meet with Penn Museum archeologist as part of Egypt unit

Boys in Mrs. Thorburn and Mrs. Heavey’s third grade classes virtually met Dr. Steve Phillips, an archeologist with vast experience working on sites in Egypt. Dr. Phillips, who serves as the Curatorial Research Coordinator for the Egypt Section at the Penn Museum, shared historical facts about ancient Egypt and described his many archeological digs in Egypt. 

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Scholarship Luncheon at The Haverford School

On April 15, members of the Haverford School community gathered virtually for the annual Scholarship Luncheon. This event celebrates the connection between named scholarship recipients -- of which there were 72 this year -- and donors. While donors were unable to meet and converse with their scholars in person, they had the opportunity to hear from Keyveat Postell '16, a soon-to-be graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and incoming analyst for Goldman Sachs, and VI Former Ben Hokenson.  

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