An independent co-educational school serving preschool through Grade 8.

Lower School: Grades 1-4

1st grade student raising his hand
Girls swinging together on the playground
Students during morning meeting in 1st grade classroom

The Lower School is an exceptional learning environment that integrates academics, citizenship, the arts, physical education and character development through the dedication of a highly qualified faculty.

Lower School provides a nurturing environment with an emphasis on experiential and hands-on learning. We strive to build a strong foundation for academic success and responsible citizenship in a safe, welcoming environment.

    • Our challenging academic program is developmentally appropriate.
    • Social skills, a strong work ethic, and empathy are modeled and reinforced.
    • Children’s work is honored, respected, and on display for the enjoyment and enrichment of others.
    • Our student body is motivated, ambitious, eager, and reflects our commitment to diversity.

Building a strong teacher, child and parent relationship is vital to the success of Lower School students. Every effort is made to promote and maintain an environment of open communication and parental involvement.

Lower School Curriculum

Challenging. Inspiring. Engaging. These are a few words used to describe the unique Stanley Clark curriculum. The academic experience of students is complemented with education in the arts, athletics and character - an empowering combination that results in graduates who lead, volunteer, inspire and excel. Course descriptions may be found below. Please note that our responsive, adaptive pedagogy and desire to meet students' educational needs may necessitate additions, modifications or deletions to the curriculum midyear. 

1st Grade Curriculum
2nd Grade Curriculum
3rd Grade Curriculum
4th Grade Curriculum

Register for a Virtual Information Session

Ready to learn more? We are pleased to offer 30-minute virtual information sessions via Zoom, showcasing the Lower School division. 

Come ready with questions or sit back and listen in! Registration is required and closes 48 hours before the start time. Please select a date below now to reserve your spot. We look forward to connecting with you!


Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.

-William Butler Yeats

Tiger Talk Blog

4th Grade Students Preparing for Student-Led Conferences
Stephanie Bahus, 4th Grade Teacher

In order to become life-long learners, students need to actively engage, make observations and reflect on their learning. Student-led conferences give them the opportunity to do just that. 

Examples of student work with Growth Mindset
Heather Kerckhove and Shelly Sharp, 1st Grade Teachers

With a growth mindset, a child believes intelligence is not a fixed quantity, but achievable with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Discover how this mindset is encouraged regularly throughout 1st grade and how parents can reinforce it at home. 

4th grader writing in cursive
Marianne King, 4th Grade Teacher

Cursive writing has been linked to many areas of brain development and has far more benefits than meets the eye. While some schools have stopped teaching this valuable skill, Stanley Clark continues to educate the whole child, and cursive writing is an important part of that!