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

Why aren’t our children learning to read? At its debut, the Common Core gave hope that we could improve the reading, writing, and math outcomes of American children being outpaced by their international peers. Read more about the science of reading in this opinion piece by Dr. Pam Greenblatt, Head of Lower School and Nichole Pugliese, Director of the Enrichment and Learning Center >

Read More about Dr. Greenblatt and Ms. Pugliese for the Inquirer: Common Core school standards keep failing, but they don’t have to
Lower School students go live with National Geographic geographer Alex Stait

"What do we do with the plastic we've already collected from the oceans?" "How much research did it take both of you to make that magazine?" Fifth-grade science students asked questions as part of a live onscreen spot during yesterday's live GeoChallenge mapping event with Alex Tait, a National Geographic geographer.

Read More about Lower School students go live with National Geographic geographer Alex Stait