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Saint Andrew's Private Elementary School

Pre-Kindergarten – Fifth Grade: A Strong Foundation for Growth and Development

The elementary years, or Lower School, are a magical time of growth and development.  During these years students blossom into independent learners. At Saint Andrew’s, experiences are organized to maintain continuity in learning and to ensure that the treatment of concepts grows in depth and complexity as the student develops. As they progress through Lower School, students build a strong foundation in reading, writing, speaking, and listening; develop an understanding of numerical patterns and relationships; explore the natural and physical world around them; study traits of good character as exemplified in Christianity as well as other faith traditions; give back to the community through service; and enhance their learning through the use of technology.

Our Responsive Classroom training fosters an environment of intellectual curiosity, inspiring students to make connections and ask questions, encouraging them to think analytically and critically, and moving them to act with integrity. 

The Curriculum

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The entry point for the majority of students, Saint Andrew’s Lower School initiates the school's sequence of courses. The emphasis is on age-appropriate lessons and activities that enrich and inform students in grades Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

The curriculum is designed to instill a natural curiosity and a love of learning, the habit of daily individual study, a sense of responsibility for one's own work, and the central academic skills of writing clearly, of reading with comprehension, and of computing with facility and understanding.

Students receive daily instruction in language arts, reading or literature, mathematics, science, and social studies. Our whole child approach also includes enrichment instruction in Spanish, music, art, physical education, technology and religion. Age-appropriate field trips and service learning activities extend the student learning experience beyond the classroom. Good character is modeled, discussed and taught in the classroom, in chapel, on outings, and all around campus.

Classes combine teacher-directed instruction with group work promoting personal achievement and a spirit of cooperation. The curriculum encourages an ability to manipulate, apply, and integrate knowledge and skills.


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