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Dear Lower School Parents,

The Lower School program provides each individual student with a child-centered environment that is focused on the development of the whole child. We deliver an academically rigorous program that is rich in content and dedicated to providing each student with a great depth of knowledge in all areas of learning. 

Our literacy program builds from year to year to ensure that we are meeting the important benchmarks of childhood development through the essential skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. The mathematics program is also sequential and progressive, continuously scaffolding from concepts taught and knowledge gained. In both language arts and math, children are regularly assessed to ensure that instruction is differentiated and driven by the learning needs of each child.

 

The learning environment is devoted to providing students with both enrichment and support to meet the individual and ever-changing needs of students. 

Special area classes help to ensure that we provide students with a robust curriculum that exposes children to many different areas of learning. Special area classes include physical educational, art, technology, library, music, innovation and design, and World Language.

The Lower School is committed to cultivating an environment in which all children experience a sense of belonging, discover excitement for learning, and demonstrate their levels of achievement through genuine learning assessments. Our learning experiences develop each child’s potential and demonstrate to students that they can make a difference in today’s society. We positively influence, motivate and nurture each child to ensure that they exceed their potential and continuously create new goals to achieve. 

Dr. Amy Moviel
Head of Lower School

LS Curriculum

The Lower School program provides each student with a child-centered environment that is focused on developing the whole child. 

Additional Opportunities

Throughout the year, Lower School teachers and athletic coaches lead various clubs after school which allow students to explore the curriculum through After-school Opportunities. Lower School students also enjoy several traditional events each school year that tie into the learning taking place in the classroom.  

Lower School by The Numbers

317

Total number of students enrolled in LS in 2020-21 school year is 317.

Total Students in LS
7:1

CSN believes in a low student to teacher ratio, which allows more focused attention to each student.

Student-Teacher Ratio
13

 

Average class size in Lower School is 13 students per class in PreK-1 and 15 students per class 2-5 grade, resulting in a stress free environment both for the students and teachers.

 

Small class sizes
870

The total number of enrolled students from grades PreK3 to 12 is 870.

Total Enrollment
3+

Lower School provides enrichment and support to the students throughout the school year.

Enrichment and Support

100+

Lower School curriculum includes 100+ hours of library classes each month. This includes guest readers and literacy projects.

Library Classes
100 Mins

Lower School curriculum includes 100 minutes of project-based learning per week.

Projects
6

Depending on weather, teachers take students to the one of the six outdoor teaching spaces, which makes learning fun.

Outdoor Teaching
30

There are 30 computers available to the Lower School students for research.

Computers
8+

There are 8+ special event days, including Storybook Day in the Lower School!

Lower School Events

300

300 iPads are available to the Lower School students for various classroom activities.

iPads

4

There are four teacher pets in the classrooms, which the students tend to and observe.

Pets in Classrooms