Lower School

Advancing Curiosity Since 1878

Lower School students love math

Diving below the surface of questions and proposing challenging questions is the cornerstone of our Lower School. Class time balances the freedom of wild curiosity and inventiveness within the thoughtful sequence of our curriculum. Developing literacy, numeracy and research skills allows students to learn independently and collaboratively while they pursue projects that harness their passions and critical thinking to bring big ideas to life.

The Liggett Approach In Lower School


Learners in the Lower School approach all content with inquiry. To develop thinking dispositions, teachers use routines and protocols to encourage specific types of thinking. Thinking routines are a set of questions or a brief sequence of steps used by teachers and learners to support and encourage specific thinking strategies.

Fall and Spring Evaluations of Students’ Personal Best Times on Track

Annual Kindergarten Exploration of Legendary Visual Artists

Green Screen Videos for 4th Grade Biographies

The fifth grade genre projects focus on student choice from which genre they read first to the format they choose to demonstrate their understanding of a novel. Students present their project to their peers and field questions about the novel. Examples of other projects to show understanding of a novel are to create a mobile using the four elements of the book, make a detailed map of an important setting from the book, create a 3-D model of the main character, and write an interview with the character.

We Believe There Are Multiple Approaches to Solving a SIngle Math Problem.

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Peggy Dettlinger
Head of Lower School