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Lower School Experience & Curriculum

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Lower School Curriculum

The beginning of a life of discovery.

The Lower School curriculum capitalizes on the fundamental and profound role of students’ active participation in their learning – on their natural curiosity, their passion for discovery and their innate drive to create. 

Core Subjects

Language Arts

communicating with confidence

Quality literature and a process-oriented writing program give students the foundation they need to communicate ideas, develop word knowledge, fluency and comprehension.

Science

illuminating forces

Children dive into elements of life science, physical science and earth science both in the classroom and outdoors while exploring our campus.

Mathematics

experiences with reasoning

Our Math in Focus program emphasizes Singapore Math concepts, skills and problem solving brought to life with hands-on instruction and practice.

Social Studies

citizens in training

With an emphasis on the early stages of research and organization, children explore culture, history, geography, citizenship and global connections.

World Languages

An introduction to Spanish language and Latin American cultures highlights literature, music, geography and dance.

Fine and Performing Arts

Visual Arts: A foray into the world of ceramics, sculpture, drawing and painting.

Drama: Through plays, skits and games, children explore their imaginations.

Music: Children perform, listen, rehearse and work together.

Physical Education

Teamwork is learned by participating in daily physical activity, working with others to achieve goals and have fun.

For a Life of Discovery

IN ADDITION TO CORE CURRICULUM WE INTEGRATE THE LATEST LEARNING TECHNIQUES AND PHILOSOPHIES

information literacy & technology

Students learn to find information, sources and tools, and become more creative and sophisticated in the presentation of knowledge.

special programs & experiences

Beasley Art Gallery Night • “Reading, Writing and Running, Too!” • Beasley Family Basketball Night • Field Trips • Music and Play Performances • Third Grade Taste the USA • Third and Fourth Grade Chorus • Fourth Grade Invention Fair • International Expo

thematic & project- based studies

We interweave skills and content through thematic studies where students engage with their lessons in a real-world context.

after school

Extended Day Enrichment Classes Scouting Programs Parent-led Team Sports

More Stats and Facts
6:1

student-teacher ratio in the Lower School

Mission

The MICDS mission is a part of the daily fabric of all grades, JK-12, guiding students to think critically, be compassionate and embrace meaningful achievement.

The Campus

The dedicated JK-4th grade facilities of the Ronald S. Beasley School include a Lower School-only playground, ample green space, theaters, an art studio, outdoor science garden and more.

40+

new Lower School students come from more than 25 different public, private, religious and independent schools/preschools

34%

of our student body school-wide identify as students of color

Innovative Learning

Our research-based and best-practice curriculum and methodologies are designed to ignite the interests and challenge the abilities of each of our young students.

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