In the Lower School, students are known as individual learners within a caring community of excellence. The Lower School is the largest division of Newman and spans a substantial period of development, from pre-kindergarten to fifth grade. Students begin their educational adventures here and emerge with the knowledge and critical thinking skills that will help them excel in Middle School and beyond.
The curriculum establishes a strong foundation in reading, writing, math, social studies, and science, which employs three separate labs for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The curriculum is enhanced by rich learning experiences in the arts (including visual arts, drama, band, music, and chorus), world languages (students may choose between French and Spanish), Design Thinking and Innovation, and physical education.
Lower School students build on classroom lessons through endeavors great and small: we study coastal erosion and plant tree seedlings in the Louisiana wetlands; we solve multi-step algebraic math problems using bar modeling; and we write books, paint, make music, and explore world cultures. The curriculum, based on current educational research and best practices, is aligned so that the student’s academic journey is progressive and expansive. Please explore content areas below to learn more about the Lower School curriculum.