Lower School Academics
Whether our students are digging in the Village Garden and Outdoor Classroom and discovering grubs for the first time, designing bridges during family STEAM Nights, or chatting about the importance of being good citizens, the early education experts in Highland’s Lower School are teaching our students to think creatively.
We apply the latest teaching techniques to engage every student
We believe that a strong academic program tailored to the developmental needs of each child is the foundation of Highland's Lower School experience. Traditional classroom learning works in partnership with innovative methodologies designed to engage each student. We teach our youngest children to think, plan and figure things out. We are creating real thinkers.
Using techniques such as Project Approach, Responsive Classroom, Eportfolios, LEGO Robotics leagues, STEAM activities, MakerSpace, outdoor gardens, and EduDrones, Highland’s Lower School is on the cutting edge of student-centered education. The world has progressed beyond the stage of memorizing random facts and standardized testing. Today, it is more a matter of how you find those facts and what you can do with them.
Our students are citizens of the world
Educating even our youngest children for the 21st century requires that we help them realize they are citizens of the world around them. Whether they are participating in assemblies during International Week, interacting with students from our sister school in Kenya, or hosting an international exchange student who attends our Middle or Upper Schools, Highland's Lower School students gain a sense that the world is bigger than their immediate surroundings while gaining a global awareness.
Environmental education and conservation
Students learn to serve their school community by recycling in the classroom and picking up litter around campus. Conservation education permeates our curriculum in the Lower School. Whether visiting a local dairy farm on County Conservation Day or attending a local Education Farm, they learn about environmental education and conservation.
Our signature programs
You can learn more about some of our Lower School's signature programs and initiatives by clicking on any of the expanding boxes below:
Between academics, special area classes, experiential learning, class plays, exciting afterschool offerings and emphasis on building character, Highland's Lower School offer a well-rounded and hands-on approach to education where we promote curiosity and inspire learning.