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% 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.


of our students engage in service learning, with 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.

Lower School Happenings