What to expect from Lower School
Projects are a driving force in the Summers-Knoll 1st through the 4th grade curriculum.
The Lower School Experience
At Summers-Knoll, we foster meaningful learning that is both informed by and connected to the world outside the school walls, at Summers-Knoll, projects are a driving force in the 1st through the 4th-grade curriculum. Through project-based instruction, SK teachers foster engagement, deep learning, and critical thinking about issues in and beyond the classroom. As students progress through the grades, the complexity of the projects and the sophistication of thinking develops.
SK teachers design and enact four main projects over the course of a four-quarter academic year. Teachers’ project design is informed by grade-level content standards, students’ background knowledge, and interests. With students’ vertical learning trajectories in mind, teachers decide which skills and core subjects will be integrated into the projects and what educational goals will be addressed separately.
Master Classes from experts are an essential and regular part of our curriculum. Equipped with a sense of purpose, SK students take academic risks, persist when challenges arise, and try again when they fall short of meeting their goals. Recognizing the value of both the learning process and the product, students develop the ability to reflect upon and communicate not only what they are learning but also why they are learning.
While projects provide an overarching, thematic structure and purpose for a class’s learning journey, teachers address individual student needs through one-on-one and small group instruction. Through ongoing, formal and informal assessments, teachers identify individual students’ strengths and areas for social, emotional, and academic growth. As a result of small class sizes, SK teachers really get to know and appreciate each student for who they are as an individual human beings, a learner, and a member of communities within and outside of the classroom. As each teacher gets to know each student, students also get to know themselves – intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically – and appreciate their individuality as well as the diversity of perspectives represented among their peers and in the broader community.
Local and Global Neighborhood Learning Walks
Interconnectedness Among All Living Things
Explore our Signature Academic Programs
Through exploration, experimentation, and play, our preschool students find deep understanding in appropriate academic and social learning environments.
1st – 4th Grade
Our lower school students continue their interdisciplinary core subject discoveries with a focus on collaboration and independence.
5th – 8th Grade
Our Upper School students are prepared for success in high school, college, and life. Our program culminates in eight 21st century proficiencies by creating an instructional program so that students can apply what they have learned.