Welcome to the Lower School!

Welcome to the Lower School where children develop the love of lifelong learning! Our passionate teachers create a sanctuary where children are known and their voices matter. They provide students with boundless opportunities to explore, lead, serve, create, and connect. Because our teachers are experts at differentiating instruction, students can access learning in a variety of ways.

In grades 1 through 4, children build on the foundations developed in the Early Childhood and Kindergarten Programs. They are ready to take newly acquired academic and social/emotional skills and apply them with confidence to engaging learning experiences including starting their own business, creating music and unique works of art, designing simple machines and understanding many cultures. It is important that they embark upon these adventures with respect and ethical decision making, two integral parts of our curriculum. 

Budding leadership skills are nurtured and deep learning occurs with meaningful projects and field experiences where children explore important ideas like family, freedom, change, power, patterns, relationships, balance and more. The connections across the disciplines blur the lines and ensure that learning sticks. The joyful buzz of learning is a constant in our exceptional facilities! I invite you to visit so you can experience the magic of the Lower School first hand!

Warmly, 
Gillian Goodman, M.Ed., M.B.A.
                                                                     Lower School Director

Respect and Ethical Decisions

    • In grades 1 through 4, children build on the foundations of safety and security developed in the Early Childhood Program.  They are ready to take newly acquired academic and social/emotional skills and apply them with confidence to exciting learning experiences.  It is important that they embark upon these adventures with respect and ethical decision making, two integral parts of our curriculum.

      In grades 1 through 4, children build on the foundations of safety and security developed in the Early Childhood Program. They are ready to take newly acquired academic and social/emotional skills and apply them with confidence to exciting learning experiences. It is important that they embark upon these adventures with respect and ethical decision making, two integral parts of our curriculum.

Differentiated Instruction

    • In the Lower School, passionate teachers create a learning sanctuary where children are known and their voices matter.  They are encouraged to take academic and social/emotional risks that help them grow.  Because our teachers are experts at differentiating instruction, all students learn at their pace, in their way.

      In the Lower School, passionate teachers create a learning sanctuary where children are known and their voices matter. They are encouraged to take academic and social/emotional risks that help them grow. Because our teachers are experts at differentiating instruction, all students learn at their pace, in their way.

Leadership

    • Budding leadership skills are nurtured and deep learning occurs with meaningful projects and field experiences where children explore important ideas like family, freedom, change, power, patterns, relationships, balance and more.  The connections across the disciplines blur the lines and ensure that learning sticks.

      Budding leadership skills are nurtured and deep learning occurs with meaningful projects and field experiences where children explore important ideas like family, freedom, change, power, patterns, relationships, balance and more. The connections across the disciplines blur the lines and ensure that learning sticks.

Learn More About the Lower School Curriculum

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  • First Grade

    First and second graders make the important shift from learning to read to reading to learn.  The world becomes an exciting place, full of wonder and new discoveries as they navigate appropriately challenging, authentic learning opportunities. Read more about the First Grade curriculum.
  • Second Grade

    First and second graders make the important shift from learning to read to reading to learn.  The world becomes an exciting place, full of wonder and new discoveries as they navigate appropriately challenging, authentic learning opportunities. Read more about the Second Grade curriculum here.
  • Third Grade

    Third and fourth graders begin to develop their individual identities as they take advantage of leadership opportunities.  Students become more expert self-advocates as they take on increased responsibility for their own learning.  Bringing their personal strengths to collaborative learning, students explore a wide range of topics with peers, classroom teachers and specialists as they apply their early learning to increasingly complex units of study. Read more about the Third Grade Curriculum.
     
  • Fourth Grade

    Third and fourth graders begin to develop their individual identities as they take advantage of leadership opportunities.  Students become more expert self-advocates as they take on increased responsibility for their own learning.  Bringing their personal strengths to collaborative learning, students explore a wide range of topics with peers, classroom teachers and specialists as they apply their early learning to increasingly complex units of study.  Read more about the Fourth Grade curriculum.
     

Meet Our Teachers

Greensboro Day School develops the intellectual, ethical, and interpersonal foundations students need to become constructive contributors to the world.