Differentiated Learning at a Natural Pace
Lower School, Kindergarten-Grade 5
The elementary years represent a time of abundant intellectual, social and emotional development in a child’s life. And because all children develop at their own pace, our Lower School utilizes a multi-age classroom structure — ensuring that each child fulfills her/his ultimate potential through differentiated instruction.
Students are grouped within a two-year age span to accommodate variances in their academic, social and emotional development. They stay with the same teachers for two years, cultivating deep teacher/student and peer relationships:
- Kindergarten-Grade 1 (ages 5-6)
- Grades 2-3 (ages 7-8)
- Grades 4-5 (ages 9-10)
Classrooms are led by two full-time teachers: one focused on secular studies and the other on Hebrew and Judaic studies. This model enriches students’ Hebrew skills (through day-long exposure) and gives teachers the time needed to integrate Judaic Studies across all disciplines.
An Optimal Learning Environment
Students are recognized for their unique place on the learning continuum and guided to progress at their natural pace. The Lower School multi-age classroom is a dynamic environment of directed and self-directed learning. Students work individually and cooperatively. They grow to recognize the diversity of learning styles within a group as they learn to give and receive support from their peers.
While many students enroll in the Lower School after participating in our Early Childhood Program, a significant number join the Schechter community for the elementary grades. Our fluid, multi-age classroom model is ideal for integrating new students.