Preparing Boys for Life.

Lower School

In Haverford's Lower School, A Pre-Kindergarten-grade 5 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 extraordinary educators engage and challenge boys to achieve their greatest potential, focusing on developing reading and writing skills, expressive language competency, fine motor abilities, and social and emotional intelligence. Our talented science, music, art, library, and physical education specialists build upon the strong academic foundation laid by the boys’ classroom teachers.

Meet Fisher, fourth grade


41% of students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School attend Top 50 colleges and universities (Classes of 2014-2018). The national admit rate is 14%.


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Students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School achieve SAT scores 85 points higher than those who enroll later (Classes of 2014-2018).


Of 480 entries across nine schools, our boys won 32 of 64 Gladwyne Library League writing awards in 2016-17.


100% of our students engage in service learning, with pre-k-12 boys completing about 100 projects annually.


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


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

From Guided Reading, Writer’s Workshop, and Decision Education to the Lower School orchestra, band, and choirs, our boys have unparalleled opportunities for self-expression and collaboration.

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 expressive language, reading and writing, fine motor development, and physical, social, and emotional growth, a Haverford boy becomes his best self.

Explore our Lower School programs in the slideshow below:


Lower School Happenings

consulting psychologist Michael Reichert on CBS This Morning

Consulting school psychologist Michael Reichert is featured on and CBS' "This Morning" on the heels of publishing his book, How to Raise a Boy: The Power of Connection to Raise Good Men. Reichert will speak at The Haverford School on May 8 as part of the School's Best for Boys Speaker Series.

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students performing mummification at Ancient Egypt Museum

Third-graders took an innovative twist on the study of ancient times in this year’s Ancient Egypt Museum. The event incorporated design thinking and coding, including a virtual version of the on-site museum that was visited by other Lower School students and parents. Third-graders also completed skits on mummification, pyramid building, and daily Egyptian life.

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Character at Our Core students in Walk of Virtues

The Haverford School has launched the public phase of Character at Our Core, a comprehensive fundraising campaign that will build upon the School’s expertise in the art and science of educating boys, complete a master plan in support of 21st century pedagogy, and continue to build a diverse and inclusive community that is prepared to contribute to life beyond the School. The Board of Trustees set a fundraising goal of $50 million, with more than $39 million in total commitments so far.

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