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 program at Heathwood Hall, comprising kindergarten through fourth grade, lays a strong academic foundation for the rest of a student’s career in school. We also recognize the importance of developing confident and joyful learners who are well-prepared for the academic journey still ahead of them.
At Heathwood Hall, our primary focus is on getting to know each individual child as both a learner and as a person. That philosophy is essential to helping all students become the best versions of themselves, which is why we have two teachers in each classroom throughout the Lower School supporting the core academic instruction. In seeking to uphold and guide students toward excellence, our dedicated and experienced faculty connect with every single child and help them master the foundational skills necessary to move forward. The presence of the second adult allows the teachers to work intentionally with small groups of students throughout the day, as well as offer extra support when needed, or provide opportunities for stretching learning beyond the lesson, providing a differentiated and challenging learning environment for every student.
Throughout the day, the Lower School students are busy collaborating, creating, and problem-solving in ways that help develop those essential 21st-century skills. We believe in the importance of educating the whole child - emphasizing academic rigor while also nurturing their social, emotional, physical, and spiritual development. In addition to the core academics, our students also meet regularly with specialty teachers for engaging lessons in art, music, science, library, Spanish, PE, guidance, and chapel. Through all these classes, the students are gaining the skills necessary to be confident, curious, independent, and self-aware young people, who will be good stewards of the broader world around them.
Heathwood’s Episcopal tradition emphasizes the God-given value of every student, and we strive to model respect, love, and service for every person. Through that lens, every child in the Lower School is taught as a person with inherent worth, possessing individual talents that deserve to be developed within a thriving community of learners. Daily devotions and chapel are the most explicit manifestation of that tradition, but throughout the day, there are intentional and organic opportunities for recognizing, celebrating, and supporting one another as unique and valuable members of the Heathwood community. That is central to Heathwood’s identity as an Episcopal school.
This nurturing environment, rich with academic fundamentals, attention to educating the whole child, and recognition of each child’s individual needs, provides the ideal setting where Lower School students’ individual futures begin to grow. Heathwood Hall welcomes you and your child to this community.
Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
B.A. SUNY Purchase
M.Ed. Fordham University
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Mary Kay Deese
ASST. Head of Early Childhood and Lower School
B.A. Furman University
M.Ed. Converse College
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