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Lower School

Our philosophy in Lower School is to educate the whole child - academically, socially and emotionally. We take the educational journey together as a team: students, faculty, administrators, and parents. A team with a shared vision and a common goal in providing a smooth and meaningful path for each student to reach their full potential and best prepare them for life.

In Lower School students are exposed to a multidisciplinary approach to the material, they are able to make connections between what they are study on a day to day basis and how it impacts their lives, making their studies meaningful and memorable. The times when our students, even the young ones, articulate these connections are priceless. You can see the sparkle in their eyes, they are proud of their achievements and they master the material.

Our students integrate technology in a productive and safe way, helping with creative thinking, problem solving and exposure to the next steps of 21st century learning. They are exposed to different teaching styles, various assessment methods, research and presentation skills. Students learn how to plan a project, how to work collaboratively, adopt healthy work habits, offer meaningful feedback to others and learn from feedback they are receiving.

Jewish values continue to lead our community in a meaningful and authentic way and are woven into the curriculum and daily life.  Our students celebrate our Jewish values and our Jewish identity.

Our Preschool students benefit from the wonderful nurturing environment along with the great exposure to early literacy and math. They benefit from opportunities to discover and learn while playing indoors and outdoors in the outdoor classrooms and play areas. They enjoy additional technology and multi-sensory approach to learning.

We believe that exploration, creativity and collaboration should be promoted in all age groups. Shared guided activities with older students will provide opportunities for younger and older participants to learn from each other and create new bonds. It will ease on the transition from one unit to the other.

We believe in empowering students to self-advocate, to problem solve, to manage their time, to explore their passions / interests, to choose according to interests, promote leadership opportunities, create a community- be meaningful participants and contributors to this community.

We find success when teachers establish clear expectations, when grading is clear and fair, when placement is objective and comprehensive, when assessment is fair and takes into consideration students’ different styles, when homework promotes the learning and is not just busy work, when there is a clear set of standards and benchmarks for each grade, and we recognize each students development as they move up in grades and into the next step of their academic path.

As students advance through our Lower School, you can witness them growing more resilient, inquisitive, compassionate, and courageous with each passing day. It’s simply wonderful to witness. I look forward to sharing our school with you and your family.

Lilach Bluevise
Lower School Principal