Park Tudor students in grades 1-5 attend the Lower School. In this active, family-oriented environment, we take a values-driven approach from day one.
Small class sizes (15-19 students) enable the teacher to know the students very well and to give students opportunities to work in small groups with others who may share skill sets, interests or learning styles.
CurriculumThe Lower School curriculum builds basic skills that form a foundation for future learning. The focus is on reading, writing, science and problem solving.
- Language Arts
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Fine Arts - Music, Art, Dance, Young Strings, Band
- Magic Circle (with Lower School counselor)
Strong emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
» Science: Lab sciences are taught at every grade level in the Lower School. A balanced curriculum includes units on life, earth and physical science in junior kindergarten to grade 3. Beginning chemistry is added in grades 4 and 5. The science program has a heavy emphasis on skill development and practicing the process skills of observation, measurement, classification and data analysis.
» Technology: Technology tools are available for student use in every classroom, and uses vary throughout the school. From word processing to digital book reports, from visual and auditory projects on ActivBoards to creative storytelling on iPads, 21st-century tools and skills are integrated into the classroom curriculum at every level.
» Engineering: Students in grades 3-5 are introduced to the engineering process and practice the steps of "design, build, analyze and improve" that are involved in engineering design. Students with an affinity for engineering also have the opportunity for additional work in an after-school program.
» Math: Math in Focus, the American version of Singapore Math, is Park Tudor Lower School's signature math program. Developed by international leaders in math education, the program is designed to help students develop a strong conceptual understanding of the essential math concepts. With Math in Focus, teachers teach a smaller, more clearly defined group of skills to mastery, rather than the spiraling curricular strand taught in a typical American program. This emphasis on mastery allows the students to delve deeply into the essential concepts and develop a much stronger understanding of math.
The Spanish language program at Park Tudor is another unique opportunity for our youngest learners. Each school day is infused with opportunities for students to listen and speak in Spanish. Three full-time Spanish teachers share their love of the language through songs, games and routines. Classroom teachers model language risk-taking, as they often learn along with the students. The program is enhanced through relationships and annual travel exchanges with schools in Uruguay and Spain.