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 will engage and challenge him to achieve his 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.

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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We invite you to explore our Lower School best-for-boys programs and curriculum:

  • When comparing nationwide achievement of top stanines (7,8,9) in ERB testing, 3 ½ times more Haverford boys earn this distinction than other students; 35% more Haverford boys earn this distinction than other independent school students
  • Character and leadership is taught beginning in pre-kindergarten and formalized in the older grades through our buddy program and signature START Leadership program.

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  • Service learning is integral to who we are. From meal assembly in pre-kindergarten to "walk for water" in second grade and student-led service projects in fifth grade, service learning enhances classroom lessons.

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