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Lower School Academics: First Through Fourth Grades

Lower School (LS) students at SPS are empowered as they question, navigate, and discover the world around them. These First through Fourth Grade years, which are rich in reading, problem-solving, and collaborating, invite students to take intellectual risks, think critically, and develop independence and self-awareness.

HALLMARKS OF THE SPS LOWER SCHOOL EXPERIENCE

  • Academic Excellence: Language Arts and mathematics are taught by homeroom teachers daily. Students mix with grade-level peers for science and social studies three times per week.
  • Declamation: First through Fourth Graders gain confidence and experience speaking publicly at monthly Declamations. A St. Peter’s School tradition, Declamation is one of the foremost School experiences recalled by our alumni.
  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL): LS students participate actively in our SEL curriculum, practicing skills for mindfulness, managing emotions, and conflict resolution.
  • Specials: Students engage in weekly French, art, music, library, sports, and performing arts classes.
  • Transition to Upper School (US): Fourth Graders are invited to participate in US clubs, interscholastic sports, and US assemblies. They also gain leadership experience as assembly ushers.

LOWER SCHOOL SIGNATURE LEARNING EXPERIENCES

FIRST GRADE

SECOND GRADE

THIRD GRADE

FOURTH GRADE

For more information about the Lower School at SPS, please contact Matt Evans, Assistant Head of School and Director of Third – Eighth Grades at mevans@st-peters-school.org and Kate Seltzer, Director of Preschool – Second Grades at kseltzer@st-peters-school.org.