the Lower School
In order to adequately prepare for the challenging and rigorous college preparatory program in the Upper School, students in the Lower and Middle Schools go through an accelerated academic program. Enriching visual and performing arts, sports, and community activities round out the program.
The Primary program of the Lower School is from Pre-Kindergarten 3 to 2nd grade that offer the foundation for St. John’s early development program. In preparation for 1st Grade, St. John’s School offer appropriate experiences of oral language, listening skills, and physical education. The Intermediate grades consist of Grades 3 to 5.
Please explore the links below to learn more about the Lower School program: Primary and Intermediate grades, and Extracurricular opportunities.
According to a child’s interest and abilities, a readiness program in reading and mathematics, science, and social studies, is integrated with art and music. Concerns for social and emotional growth, as the well as intellectual and physical progress of children, allows teachers to individualize the program, and helps prepare children for the academic program that lies ahead.
From 1st to 5th Grade, students are offered a challenging and sequential program of reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, religion, music, art, computer science and physical education. An advanced mathematics program is offered to qualified students in the 4th to 5th Grade.
The curriculum in St. John’s is college preparatory. In keeping with the school’s philosophy, it reflects the responsibility of the school to prepare the students for eventual college entrance. Implementation of the curriculum goals and objectives is done by certified teachers using a variety of teaching methods and materials that are current and proven effective.
PK-3 to 3rd grade are self-contained classes, and a homeroom teacher is in charge of teaching all the academic subjects in this environment. Curriculum maps insure uniformity and consistency in the implementation of the curriculum. Grades 4-5 classes are departmentalized and teachers teach their subject of specialization to maintain the quality of instruction and student achievement. This approach allows all the students to benefit equitably from the expertise of the teachers.
Special subjects such as: Art, Computer, Drama, Music, Religion, Physical Education, and Library Skills are taught once or twice a week by teachers who specialize in these areas.
Lower School Bell Schedule (SY 21-22)
1st 8:00 – 8:45
2nd 8:50 – 9:35
3rd 9:35 – 10:15
Recess 10:15 – 10:45
4th 10:50 – 11:30
5th 11:35 – 12:15
Lunch 12:15 – 1:00
6th 1:05 – 1:45
7th 1:50 – 2:30
Dismissal 2:35 – 3:00