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Lower School

Learning the Fundamentals

Our lower school is a warm, welcoming, and joyful environment where students develop a love for learning through exposure to a range of academic subjects, while enjoying a campus and classroom experience rich with possibility and discovery. They forge friendships, learn the value in trying, and begin to understand what it means to be part of a team, be it through one of our nine lower school sports or exposure to hands-on, experiential learning.

Careful guidance from exceptional faculty helps students build essential, fundamental skills while growing the confidence and habits of mind that will serve as the foundation for their future, both in school and in the larger world.

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Lower School Curriculum

The lower school curriculum in Pre-Kindergarten—Class 5 is a homeroom-based program with a focus on building a strong foundation of learning skills and study habits. 

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Lower School Community

One of the first things visitors notice about Dexter Southfield is our warmth. A caring and sincere place, we pay attention to individual needs when students arrive and as they grow through the School.

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Lower School programs

From an early introduction to astronomy in Pre-K to learning about the water cycle and weather in Class 3 and hands-on activities and observations in the Class 5 lab, lower school students are immersed in the STEM fields.

Public Speaking
Public speaking is an integral part of the curriculum at all grade levels of the School. Students have numerous opportunities to speak in front of their class, and annually each class presents a formal program for a larger audience. 

Students learn to appreciate art and feel comfortable creating two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork using a variety of media and materials. Students also participate in music, theater arts, and shop, with exposure varying through the grades.

In Pre-K - Class 2 athletics, sportsmanship, effort, and participation are emphasized. Students develop fundamental gross and fine motor skills using a variety of age-appropriate activities. Beginning in Class 3, students participate in intramural sports in order to broaden their skills and develop new passions and talents.



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