The developmental philosophy continues throughout the Lower School. In grades one through three, children work at their own appropriate paces, building basic skills in language arts, mathematics, and social studies; additional classes called “specials” are science, art, music, Spanish, computer, and physical education. These take place in environments specifically designed for each activity. With grades four and five, a gentle transition occurs. Students attend class with a math specialist, belong to an advisor group, keep up with their own assignments, and also, for the first time, receive letter grades in some subjects. Language arts and social studies are closely integrated, and science becomes a core subject, meeting for a full hour each day. This transition prepares the students for Middle School, the final destination in their Lexington School journey.
While developing students’ abilities in writing, reading, research, problem solving, and critical thinking, classes also emphasize character traits such as inclusiveness, respect for differences, self-sufficiency, cooperation, and the ability to take risks with courage. The life skills for organization are also integrated into every child’s day. Students experience what they need to prepare for the rest of their lives, and their future successes will be proof of that.