A group of students share their definition of "leadership" with Head of Lower School Bill Mulcahy.
Junior Kindergarten–Fourth Grade
The important first years of a child’s education form the foundation for future success in every aspect of life. Country Day gives preschool aged through fourth grade students a balanced and challenging program where confidence, talent, friendship, and individuality flourish. Here, students become strong, independent thinkers, guided by expert teachers who encourage their natural curiosity and help them master essential skills.
Each day in Lower School is filled with remarkable opportunities and experiences.
As a member of the Country Day Lower School community, each student:
- Helps build a class of compassionate, respectful, thoughtful students who value and learn from each other.
- Conducts hands-on experiments in a dedicated Lower School science laboratory.
- Learns healthy habits in our award-winning daily physical education program.
- Begins to study French and Spanish in junior kindergarten and kindergarten.
- Grows in confidence through public speaking, theatrical productions, and research presentations.
- Creates a welcoming environment and helps visitors and new students feel at home.
- Plays an active role in service projects that teach the importance of acceptance, integrity, cooperation, and fairness.
“Coding is increasingly being viewed as a new 'literacy,' a skill so vital to understanding the world that many argue all students should master it—just like reading, writing, and math. I love working at a school that is looking critically at our computer science curriculum and thinking long-term about how to integrate engineering, design, thinking, and coding/computer programming skills into our program in meaningful ways.”
Joe Hernick, Director of Educational Technology
A balanced, inquiry-based Lower School curriculum ensures that each student has the opportunity to master core knowledge, competencies, and technical skills. Many studies and activities take students outside the regular classroom.
When you were in math class, do you remember seeing a word problem and hitting the "panic button" right away? When approaching math in Lower School, our teachers instill a positive math mindset and create deeply enriching math experiences that will help students approach future math classes with enthusiasm and persistence.
Students participate in a special celebration honoring changemakers and young activists, including some of our own Upper School students.
Head of Lower School Bill Mulcahy talks about how the important "3 R's" of education--Reading, Writing and Arithmetic--have changed and what the new description for the 3 R's is.
As educators, we are constantly designing and redesigning student experiences in order to deepen and connect learning across subject areas and disciplines. Some of our teachers share the ways they bring innovation into the classroom to create an exceptional learning environment for our students.