At The Summit, our Lower School curriculum is designed around thematic inquiry. Exploring year-long topics in science and social studies promotes depth of learning and enables cross-curricular integration with language arts and mathematics. Within these themes, curriculum and instruction are adapted to student strengths, interests, and needs.
Adopting a progressive framework, Lower School classrooms are student-centered where students serve as active participants; their interests and understandings guide the learning process. Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving are emphasized. The open physical environment supports flexible use of space, cross-grade level collaboration, and project-based learning.
Classes are welcoming, safe, and operate as a community in which each member is valued and respected. Character education is integrated throughout the day as students are supported in developing social emotional competencies including cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles and engage in service learning, working together to execute school-wide and grade-level projects.
The Summit welcomes parents as active participants in the learning community. Lower School faculty work diligently to foster ongoing relationships with students and their parents, forming a valuable partnership. Our Lower School faculty have over 50 years in combined experience and hold degrees in early childhood, elementary, and middle school education, art, music, Spanish, and physical education.
Goals for Lower School Students
K – 5th
Capped at 18
8:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Polo top with Summit logo and khaki or navy bottoms
P.E. & Yoga
Minimum of 30 minutes exploring outside each day
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