A Portrait of Our Students
St. Andrew’s Priory for Girls Lower School offers a challenging and rigorous curriculum that promotes the joy and love for the pursuit of knowledge. Students experience an interdisciplinary curriculum where all academic and specialty subjects support meaningful learning. Support and enrichment are provided based on the needs of each child.
Our Priory Lower School students build solid spiritual, academic, social, emotional, and physical foundations in an environment of love, respect, and support. Classroom environments are safe, respectful, and nurturing, and students benefit from strong mentor relationships with their teachers and other adults. All children are celebrated and appreciated for their unique talents and gifts.
Our kindergarten students are enthusiastic learners who wonder about the world around them, actively explore it, and ask questions that help direct their learning. They begin to reflect on problems, try out their ideas, and develop solutions to meaningful problems. They develop positive learning attitudes such as persistence and flexibility, and effective learning behaviors with teacher support. They can reflect on how they know something, make connections between things that they learn, and predict and plan for the future.
In an environment of loving support and guidance, kindergarteners are able to regulate their emotions and behaviors. They learn to compromise, cooperate, resolve conflicts in positive and peaceful ways, and hold themselves accountable for their behaviors. They are able to follow classroom rules and directions, discuss classroom problems and help generate ideas about possible solutions. They improve their communication skills and develop and maintain friendships with peers. They continue to interact with peers and adults in kind, positive, empathetic, sympathetic, and helpful ways. With teacher guidance, kindergarteners learn to interpret others’ actions correctly and begin to see themselves as part of a larger group.
Our grades 1 & 2 students continue their learning journey as eager, curious, persistent, and creative learners. With encouragement, they seek out opportunities to learn new skills, see themselves as problem-solvers, and exert sustained effort to achieve. Through hands-on, active learning, our students develop their understanding and skills in areas such as concrete concepts, spatial reasoning, classification, part/whole relationships, and sequencing. They construct their own knowledge by making connections between prior knowledge and new concepts and skills. Our students begin to learn skills in organization and planning. As our students progress through the lower school grades, they build the foundations for academic success and are well on their way to developing higher levels of self-reliance that will help them succeed.
Students become more adept at thinking about and empathizing with others. Within a supportive and loving environment, our students distinguish between right and wrong. They exhibit increasing independence while learning how to seek help when appropriate.
Our students develop a deeper understanding of who they are and continue to foster their relationships with friends, teachers, and other adults. With guidance and loving support from teachers, students continue to cultivate the ability to collaborate with classmates, express opinions and feelings respectfully and appropriately, and play well with others. Students establish positive relationships.
Students in grades 3-5 revel in increased autonomy as they engage with increasingly complex learning. They feel a sense of accomplishment and joy as they work effectively with concrete tasks based on their experiences and prior knowledge and explore abstract concepts. They become adept at finding patterns and figuring out connections and fine tune their abilities to categorize, plan, and remember. Teachers create an environment in which students experiment with learning strategies that help them make sense of the material they encounter and persist in problem-solving. They continue to develop independence as learners while learning to work collaboratively with others. As they approach the end of their lower school years, our students will have developed these 21st century habits of mind along with the academic foundations to be successful in middle school.
Our students continue to develop a healthy sense of who they are as individuals and as part of a community with guidance and support from their teachers. They continue to assume more responsibilities for themselves and others and feel a sense of pride in being helpful and kind and understand how their behavior affects others. Our students are aware of the world around them and work together to help their community. They distinguish between right and wrong and are able to make good decisions.
Our students independence managing and gain increasing and confidence in maintaining their relationships. Teachers continue to support our students as they build up their communication skills to express themselves appropriately and ask for help when needed. By the end of their lower school years, our students are ready for middle school with an understanding and appreciation of who they are, what their areas of strengths and areas for improvement are, and how they can contribute their unique talents and gifts to the community.