The Lower School’s nurturing and supportive environment helps each child explore and learn without fear of failure. Engaging a child’s natural curiosity, Episcopal introduces every student to language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, drama, art, music, Spanish, physical education, and computer and library classes. Lower School utilizes a twelve-day schedule, meaning after twelve-days of classes where specials and homeroom time are staggered, the schedule begins again. Throughout Lower School, no letter grades are given. Instead we work to enhance what is already within each child to help them find their own voice and place within our community.
In the Lower School, we recognize that each student is a physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional being and the function of education is to help all of our students develop in each of these areas. We create an environment where teachers, students, and parents work actively together in a well-designed program of academic, artistic, athletic, and religious activities.
Specifically, objectives in the Lower School include providing students with a challenging curriculum designed to develop their intellectual powers; pushing students to develop habits of industry and thoroughness and a desire for knowledge; nourishing their powers of appreciation and creativity so they may enjoy their cultural heritage and engage in works of worthwhile self-expression; guiding their attitudes so they may develop tolerance, sympathy, and an active sense of responsibility toward all people; encouraging the care and development of the body by teaching proper health habits and engaging in an active physical education program; and encouraging leadership and cooperation in all facets of school.
The Stripes represent 10 virtues that embody the qualities that an Episcopal student aspires to live by and they provide the foundation for all instruction in the Lower School. The 10 Stripes are: Self-Control, Faith, Honesty, Courtesy, Kindness, Generosity, Gratitude, Courage, Respect, and Sportsmanship. These virtues are well known by all Lower School students, are a constant in each classroom, and are represented by the 10 white stripes that adorn the student sweater.