Lower School

Lower School

The Lower School at Harley spans Nursery/Preschool to Grade 4. As members of the Harley community, our students are given many and varied opportunities to open their world of learning, to realize their strengths, and to grow through challenge. The amazing thing that we’ve found is that joyful learning is contagious. Not only do our children flourish, but our faculty and parents also gain a fresh perspective on how much there still is to learn. What better foundation for a meaningful partnership than life-long learning?

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It is during the early years that children form their basic attitudes toward learning, toward themselves, and toward others.  With that in mind, the primary goals of our Lower School program are to promote learning, foster intellectual curiosity, develop self-direction, and nurture personal and social growth.

We help children feel independent, yet able to participate and cooperate in a group.  We emphasize learning through experiences designed to meet the developmental needs and interests of each child.  Most importantly, our program helps children develop a love for learning.

Children grow at different rates, physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.  Knowing this, we emphasize a developmental approach to education that allows children to learn at their own pace, and in ways best suited to their needs.  We challenge children to master and apply basic skills while learning in new situations.  Parents regularly receive information about their child’s progress.  Students in Nursery through Grade 4 do not receive grades, but are given written evaluations throughout the school year.

  • child-centered curriculum
  • developmentally-appropriate practice
  • authentic learning experiences
  • inquiry-based discovery
  • service learning and community responsibility
  • differentiated instruction
  • character development
  • creative expression
  • celebration of differences

Our curriculum includes age-appropriate academics, social, and experiential learning.