Lower School (Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 3)

The Lower School consists of self-contained classrooms that use guided discovery and inquiry while setting a solid foundation in reading, writing and mathematics skills. Learning takes place through explorations that develop greater understandings of the world through science, social studies, and Spanish. Co-curricular classes as a regular part of the curriculum enhance and develop talents and interests through music, dance, visual arts, library class, and physical fitness. A social curriculum that nurtures responsive and responsible citizens rounds out the complete Lower School experience.

Come visit the Lower School - where remarkable begins.


Welcome to the Lower School at The Oakwood School! The Oakwood School is indeed a remarkable place, and we know the Lower School provides a very special opportunity for a child to grow. In fact, visitors to the Lower School often comment on its unique atmosphere. What is the difference between Oakwood and all other schools?

  1. Experienced educators who care deeply about each child and create safe and engaging learning communities every single day within their classrooms.  
  2. Our dedication to nurturing the development of the whole child and implementing best educational practices that are developmentally appropriate and research based.
  3. Our rigorous and enriching curriculum that prepares the youngest Oakwood students to embrace the challenging and changing world of the 21st Century.
  4. The teachers’ dedication to and expertise in teaching the foundations of reading, writing, and math.
  5. Above all, our desire to develop students who value and enjoy learning and who are capable of becoming lifelong learners, inquisitive individuals, and citizens who seek to make a difference in the world.

A well-rounded and carefully planned curriculum is central to creating lifelong learners. In addition to the primary focus on the core reading, writing and math disciplines, all of our students attend weekly classes in art, Spanish, music, fitness, library and hands-on lab science. Students also enjoy recess twice daily, which is an important opportunity for motor development and for social development through free play.

Additionally, our students learn about being part of their community through active participation in service learning projects. They are exposed to learning outside the classroom that advances their academic and social-emotional development through experiential off-campus field trips and on-campus special presentations. The Good Deeds Club and after-school intramurals are other offerings to enrich student development.

The Lower School is a remarkable place and we encourage you to learn more about us, including how technology is integrated into the Lower School classrooms, in the Lower School Curriculum Guide.

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  • Students move from classroom to classroom for special classes, rather than remaining in the homeroom all day. This begins in Pre-K.
  • An early foundation in S.T.E.A.M. with:
    • a focused science program that begins in Pre-K in the newly built Lower School science lab
    • technology introduction in Pre-K with iPads available for each student and laptop integration starting in 2nd grade
    • music and art classes with Lower School specific teachers and teaching spaces also starting in Pre-K
  • Beginning in Pre-K, Spanish is taught twice a week with a Lower School specific Spanish teacher and separate classroom
  • Community Service participation begins in Pre-K
  • Flexible recess time throughout the day promotes physical fitness, social skills and development of creativity
  • Frequent correspondence with parents to keep them abreast of behavioral and developmental progress, as well as happenings in the classroom
  • Lower School teacher blogs
  • Intramural sports are offered beginning in 2nd grade
  • Curriculum-supported tutoring services are offered
  • Regular morning meetings designed to promote community-building, which allows our students to learn what it is like to be part of something bigger than themselves.
  • We offer a Good Deeds club for 2nd and 3rd graders which meets weekly to help the school with various needs.
  • Our teachers offer a nurturing environment for the students while also promoting independence
  • Our teachers utilize time management strategies to make effective and efficient use of teaching time
  • Our teachers recognize that each student is an individual and view academic growth on a continuum rather than base promotion to the next grade level on specific benchmarks/grades.