The Lower SchoolStudents in grades K - 4th grow within a supportive environment where each child is known and nurtured. The rich academic program and individual attention lays a strong foundation for success in school and wherever their future might take them.
Related ArtsIn addition to focusing on the core academic fundamentals, students have instruction in a number of related arts classes including art, world language, physical education, and religious instruction.
Extended ProgramsThe student experience extends beyond 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Extended Programs provides morning and after-school care and a robust set of enrichment activities to ensure that students have an engaging experience throughout their entire day at Heathwood Hall.
TechnologyStudents learn in engaging and interactive classrooms where teachers take advantage of the many resources available in age-appropriate ways while maintaining a healthy balance with students' need for traditional activities like hands-on learning and reading a book.
Nurturing hearts, minds, & spirits
The Lower School at Heathwood Hall, ranging from kindergarten to fourth grade, focuses on reaching and responding to each individual child in a manner that cultivates future academic success, but one that also allows for personal growth in an environment of compassion. With the Responsive Classroom program, LEAP Week, and a commitment to including exhibitions of mastery at every grade level, the Lower School emphasizes academic rigor while allowing each student the space to explore and develop their own passions and pursuits. Rather than rigidly prescribing a uniform program of development, the Lower School teachers and administration look to help children mature naturally and carefully in accordance with what is best for their emotional and social well being in addition to their academic readiness. In seeking to uphold and guide students toward excellence, Lower School faculty connect with every single child and prepare them for whatever path they discover and choose.
Heathwood’s Episcopal tradition emphasizes the God-given value of every student, and the Lower School strives to model respect, love, and service for every person in all each aspect of the curriculum. Daily devotions and chapel are the most explicit manifestation of that tradition, but the personal engagement and academic exploration so vital to the Lower School are done in the light of every student as a whole child created in the image of God. Through that lens, the foundational teaching and the emphasis on students finding and pursuing their passions is central to Heathwood’s identity as an Episcopal school.
The early grades are vital to laying an academic foundation for the rest of a student’s career in school, and the Lower School at Heathwood offers world-class instruction and preparation. Students are more than academic performers, however, and every child in the Lower School is loved and taught as a person with inherent worth and individual talents that deserve to be developed and nurtured in a thriving community of learners. This nurturing environment, rich with academic fundamentals and individual attention, provides the context where, along with parents, Lower School students’ individual interests and strengths are encouraged and those individual futures begin to grow. Heathwood Hall welcomes you and your child to that community.
Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
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Mary Kay Deese
ASST. Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
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