Lower School

Junior Kindergarten–Fourth Grade

Happy students

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

Integrated Curriculum

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. 


Extraordinary Opportunities

How the "3 R's" of Education Have Changed

Head of Lower School Bill Mulcahy talks about how the important "3 R's" of education--Reading, Writing and Arithmetic--have shifted in thinking from when we were young students.


Third Grade students created a prototype and pitched their ideas to help make the world a better place in the first-ever Lower School Shark Tank!


When faced with the challenge of holding special area classes in their typical format due to COVID-19 restrictions and precautions, our teachers went to work. Read examples of how our special area teachers record their lessons, supply materials to the classroom teachers, provide feedback to students through recordings, and bring this content and joy to our students through reimagining and innovating!

Halloween Parade

Video and photo highlights of the 72nd annual Lower School Halloween Parade, our school's longest tradition dating back to 1948.