The Lower School curriculum focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both in the classroom and in the world outside. Driven by concept acquisition, students learn a global perspective incorporating mathematics, social studies, drama, language, music, visual arts, science, and computer technology along with personal, social and physical education.
- encourages international-mindedness in IB students.
- encourages a positive attitude to learning by engaging students in inquiries and developing their awareness of the process of learning so that they become lifelong learners.
- reflects real life by encouraging learning beyond traditional subjects with meaningful, in-depth inquiries into real issues.
In Early Education through Grade 5, students explore six units of inquiry each year. These six to eight-week transdisciplinary units are investigations into important ideas and require a high level of involvement on the part of the students. In each grade level, the themes revolve around the following topics:
- Who we are
- Where we are in place and time
- How we express ourselves
- How the world works
- How we organize ourselves
- Sharing the planet
In addition to the critical thinking skills developed through these units, students also learn all the skills necessary to effectively communicate their understandings. Reading, writing, mathematics and information skills are embedded into the entire program. The school also offers supplementary classes in music, Spanish, physical education, art and technology. By blending IB learning and traditional skills learning in the classroom, Lower School students are well prepared to transition into Middle School.