Preparing Boys for Life.

Lower School

In Haverford's Pre-Kindergarten-grade 5 Lower 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.

Explore our Lower School programs in the slideshow below:


50% of students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School attend Top 50 colleges and universities, as compared to 40% for those who enroll later (Classes of 2013-2017).

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Students who enroll in Haverford's Lower School achieve SAT scores 65 points higher than those who enroll later (Classes of 2013-2017).


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.


In grades 1-5, 70% of our students perform at least two years above grade level in reading and math.

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.

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