We believe children learn through meaningful experiences that challenge them to interpret and engage actively in their world. We immerse them in topics and challenge them with questions that are inspiring and thought-provoking, from studying of various civil rights movements and how communities work together for change, to exploring our planetary system and asking how we might develop a colony to sustain life on Mars. Students have opportunities to read and think deeply, express themselves through language, movement, music, and art, and use numbers to interpret patterns and larger mathematical concepts.
Quakerism in the Lower School
Our Quaker curriculum provides our community with developmentally-appropriate materials that allow the students access to understanding the history of Quakerism. The curriculum also guides students in developing ownership of the six Quaker Testimonies known as the “SPICES”: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship.
Each year, the Lower School focuses on two of these testimonies to guide our work. This allows students to gain an understanding of Quaker history and principles, as well as their appreciation of their dual roles as members of both our local and global communities.
Activities and possessions should not overwhelm us.
Each life is precious and unique.
We are seekers of the truth.
We care for each other.
We are all equal before God.
We use God’s gifts wisely.